Activision Blizzard is clearly one of the most successful video game companies in the world with franchises like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Call of Duty, Destiny and Candy Crush in its stable. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that the company has once again been tapped as one of the best places to work, thanks to a new article in Fortune magazine.
Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune's "100 Best Companies To Work For" list for 2017. The giant conglomerate comes in at Number 66 on this year's list, up 11 spots from its No. 77 finish in 2016.
Fortune gave the company props for its "epic" work environment that it called "100% nerd without any restraint" and noted that employees can partake in a wide variety of activities on campus including fencing and skateboarding. Activision Blizzard wasted no time getting out a press release on the accomplishment, with the company noting that this is the third year in a row that it's made the cut.
"At Activision Blizzard, we hire the world’s best talent to build new worlds," said CEO Bobby Kotick in the statement. "Our mission to inspire play, competition and community connects hundreds of millions of people, and creating a great place to work is the key to serving them well."
Some fun facts from the press release: Activision Blizzard has about 450 million players across 196 countries who played the company's content for a combined 43 billion hours in 2016. This is maintained by Activision Blizzard's talent pool, and the company has more than 9,400 employees.
Interestingly, Activision Blizzard appears to be the only video game company on the list this year. Google was No. 1, while graphics card company Nvidia made an appearance at No. 39.
While Activision Blizzard should certainly be commended for making the list, we should point out that the company has many different developers under its umbrella, all of whom likely have their own unique work environment. The Fortune article doesn't make clear if it only surveyed Activision Blizzard's corporate office or if other divisions of the company like Blizzard Entertainment, for example, contributed to the results.
It's also worth noting that it hasn't been all positive news for Activision Blizzard so far in 2017. The company cut up to 5 percent of its workforce last month, with employees at Infinite Warfare developer Infinity Ward being hit the hardest. The layoffs were surprising to some as Activision Blizzard had just recently reported that its $6.61 billion dollars worth of revenue made 2016 its best year ever.
As far as the future goes, Activision Blizzard fans can look forward to a new Call of Duty that will go back to its roots as well as Destiny 2, both of which should release before the end of the year.