The future of Toys for Bob is uncertain after the closure of its studio in Novato, California, part of the fallout from Xbox's recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard that led to the layoffs of nearly 1,900 workers.
the San Francisco Chronicle Reports indicate that 86 workers have been laid off from the studio famous for Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and Skylanders. Call of Duty developer Sledgehammer Games was similarly affected, laying off about 76 employees. The closures were discovered through official state files.
The layoffs were announced at Activision Blizzard at the end of January as Xbox sought to restructure the company following its $69 billion acquisition. The cuts included the departure of former Blizzard president Mike Ybarra as well as the cancellation of a survival game under development at Blizzard.
It is unclear whether these changes will impact the long-term future of Toys for Bob. Many publishers in the gaming industry have laid off employees and closed facilities as they focus on remote work. IGN has reached out to Activision for comment.
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