“As part of this process, we have made the painful decision to reduce the size of our gaming workforce by approximately 1,900 roles out of the 22,000 people on our team,” according to the memo.
Mike Ybarra, president of Blizzard Entertainment, will depart the company as part of the restructuring.
“As many of you know, Mike previously spent more than 20 years at Microsoft. Now that he has seen the acquisition through as Blizzard’s president, he has decided to leave the company,” according to Matt Booty, Microsoft’s game content and studios president.
Microsoft is expected to name a new president of its Activision unit next week.
Allen Adham, the chief design officer of Activision, is also departing, according to the company.
Several other big firms including Alphabet, Amazon and eBay have also laid off thousands of staff in recent weeks to lower costs and boost profitability.