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Following Evaluation Period, Activision Closes Studio Behind Mobile Call of Duty

by Mike Futter on Mar 27, 2014 at 07:21 AM

In January, Activision began a mandatory evaluation period for its Leeds, UK-based mobile studio, Blast Furnace. At the time, a publisher representative told us that there were a number of possibilities for the Call of Duty: Strike Team developer, including independence and downsizing. Unfortunately, closure is the chosen course of action.

“Blast Furnace is a very talented studio and has been a great partner to Activision,” an Activision representative told us at the time. “As part of this consultation exercise we are exploring all our options regarding the studio." 

Blast Furnace was founded in 2011 and worked on a Pitfall title and an adaptation of the game show, Wipeout, before developing last year's mobile Call of Duty: Strike Team. “We will be offering a number of tools and resources, including outplacement counseling services, to those who are impacted,” a representative told MCV. "We would like to note that The Blast Furnace has been a great partner to Activision and we thank them for all of their efforts.”

[Source: MCV]


Our Take
Our thoughts go out to the employees affected by the Blast Furnace closure.