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Activision Blizzard, developer of the Call of Duty series of games, has shut down its only California distribution center in Fresno. Image via Activision Blizzard

published on January 11, 2018 - 11:43 AM
Written by John Lindt

Two companies with operations in Fresno plan to lay off a total of 138 workers between them, according to reports filed with the state of California.

The Employment Development Department published a list of companies planning mass layoffs in the new year, a so-called WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice.

The list includes Ipsos Interactive, with a total of 88 employees primed for layoffs in Fresno, as well as Activision Blizzard’s Fresno distribution center, which will close with 50 jobs to be relocated elsewhere.

Confirming the notice is the Fresno Regional Workforce Development office, which has been in contact with the companies and plans to offer the displaced workers assistance as they look for new jobs.

“Ipsos told us that some jobs might be retained within the company, but not all,” said Victoria Lemus, a workforce development specialist.

Ipso’s notice says the permanent closure would take effect by March 10. The 50 jobs lost at Activision were effective last week.

Ipsos Intertactive is a market research firm with headquarters in France. As of 2014, Ipsos had offices in 88 countries, employing 16,530 people. No one from the company would comment on the closure.

There were likewise no comments from Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard, publisher of the popular first-person-shooter game Call of Duty.

MarketWatch reported Thursday that Activision Blizzard Inc. had closed its only distribution center in the U.S., which is located in Fresno. An Activision spokesperson was quoted as saying the company had contracted with a third party to take over the Fresno operations.

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