Toys for Bob Layoffs Lead to Office Closure in California

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Microsoft’s Layoffs Affect Toys for Bob: Studio Famous for Skylanders Series

Microsoft’s recent workforce reduction affected approximately 2,000 employees, including a significant number from its gaming subsidiaries, such as the newly acquired Activision Blizzard. Among the studios hit hardest was Toys for Bob, a 35-year-old company renowned for creating the Skylanders series and most recently working on Modern Warfare franchise and Call of Duty: Warzone.

Toys for Bob Office to Close According to State Filing

According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, Toys for Bob’s headquarters in Novato, California, is set to close following a recent state filing.

Fear and Uncertainty for Activision Blizzard Employees

In the wake of these layoffs, teams at Activision Blizzard have expressed concerns about their future employment. Unfortunately, many lost their jobs, with esports teams being disproportionately affected. The company-wide layoffs resulted in the dismissal of 162 Bay Area workers, including Toys for Bob employees.

Toys for Bob Pivots to Remote Model and Downsizes

It appears that Toys for Bob is transitioning to a remote working model, following in the footsteps of Sledgehammer Games. While the specifics regarding the company’s downsizing and office relocation are not yet confirmed, Sledgehammer Games is also making a similar move.

A Tough Year for the Gaming Industry: Financial Struggles and Studio Closures

This year has already presented numerous challenges for the gaming industry, with financial struggles, layoffs, and studio closures. The future of Toys for Bob remains uncertain, but reports suggest that the core studio continues to operate with ‘a majority of staff’ transitioning to a remote work setup.

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