Jennifer Hale, the voice actress for Overwatch hero Ashe, offered criticism Thursday of Twitter of Activision Blizzard for laying off hundreds employees.
.@blizzard is amazing and it’s a privilege to work with them— Jennifer Hale (@jhaletweets) February 14, 2019
they care about their community so much you can’t even imagine.
my hunch is it’s the corporate decision makers at Activision who I suspect bear the responsibility for this ridiculous decision
time will tell #Facts https://t.co/2ynjEVeImW
On its earnings call Tuesday, the company -- owners of Blizzard, which created Overwatch, announced it would cut about 8 percent of its workforce, which is nearly 800 people. Acitivision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotickl came under scrutiny for saying on the call “once again achieved record results in 2018" amid the layoffs, which apparently didn't sit well with Hale.
"My hunch is it's the corporate decision makers at Activision who I suspect bear the responsibility for this ridiculous decision," Hale wrote.
The layoffs affected Activision publishing, Blizzard, King and some of Activision's studios, according to Kotaku. Most visibly, the layoffs appear to have affected esports, as people who worked on Season 1 of Overwatch League began posting to social media this week to say they were no longer with Blizzard.
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