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Activision lays off 30 employees in Minneapolis area citing fewer licensed games in 2013

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Activision has laid off 30 full-time employees in the Minneapolis area because the company plans to release fewer licensed games in 2013, a representative from Activision told Polygon.

The layoffs were on the publisher side and did not affect studios, a spokesperson for Activision told Polygon.

"Like any successful business, Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its revenues — this is an ongoing process," a statement from the publisher reads. "In 2013, we expect that our Minneapolis division will release fewer games based on third-party licenses than we released during 2012. As a result, we are realigning the structure of our Activision Minneapolis division to better reflect our slate and the market opportunities. We are working to redirect those employees that are impacted to other parts of the company where possible, as well as offering them outplacement counseling services."

Activision Publishing Minneapolis specializes in licensed games including Cabela's hunting titles and the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph games.