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Activision’s Plan to Cut Hundreds of Jobs Caps Tumultuous Week

Feb. 8, 2019, 8:08 PM

A painful stretch for the video-game industry isn’t over.

Activision Blizzard Inc. plans to announce job cuts Feb. 12 in the face of slowing sales, according to people familiar with the matter, bringing fresh upheaval after spotty results roiled stocks this week. The shares dropped as much as 2.5 percent to $42.88 on Feb. 8.

The layoffs, which could number in the hundreds, are part of a restructuring aimed at centralizing functions and boosting profit, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the changes haven’t been announced. Activision employed 9,800 people at the end of ...