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Two Fresno Firms Plan Layoffs -138 Jobs

January 17,2018-

Two companies with offices in Fresno plan to lay off a total of 138 workers between them, according to the State of California.

Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 10.35.36 AMThe state published a list of companies planning mass layoffs  in the new year, a so-called WARN notice, and these included Ipsos Interactive with a total of 88 employees losing their jobs as well as Activision Publishing where the production facility will close and 50 jobs relocated elsewhere.

Confirming the notice is the Fresno Workforce Investment office who has been in contact with the companies and plans to offer workers services as they look for new jobs.

“Ipsos told us that some jobs might be retained within the company but not all” says Workforce Connection representative Victoria Lemus.

Ipso’s notice says the permeant closure would be in effect by March 10. The 50 jobs lost at Activsion are effective already.

Ipsos Intertactive is a market research firm based in France. As of 2014, Ipsos had offices in 88 countries, employing 16,530 people. No one from the company would speak to us.

Likewise for video game maker Activision, based in Santa Monica, distributor of the popular game Call of Duty. Here too, no one was available for comment.

But one news source,Market Watch says “As gamers buy and download more games online, “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard Inc. has closed its only distribution center in the U.S.”

“The decision to close the facility comes amid a broad shift in the gaming sector, as nearly half of consumers have opted to purchase and download console games instead of buying physical copies of new titles.”

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