In today’s featured stories, big multinational companies shut down regional offices. First we have Activision Blizzard shutting down their office in Versailles, France. The Versailles office, which employed roughly 400 people, handled marketing, customer support and localization. Part of the original plan to shut down the office was to relocate about half of the workforce to the London office. Due to Brexit and the coronavirus, however, those plans were shelved. Jason Schreier at Bloomberg has the full story.
Bye bye Riot Sydney, and the Oceanic Pro League (OPL) along with it. In a statement Riot said, “Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of our teams and players, the OPL has not met our goals for the league, and we do not believe that the market is currently able to support the league in its current form.” The Riot Sydney office mainly focused on OPL league operations, and is also therefore being dissolved. Former OPL players will now be able to play in NA without taking up an import slot. The full statement can be found here.