Activision is recruiting for the mobile version of Call of Duty: Warzone

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Activision said today that it is recruiting developers to create a mobile version of Call of Duty: Warzone.

It’s no surprise that mobile is on the shortlist of projects the company needs to recruit for. But it is also a sign of a difficult time for the company. Normally, companies recruit for secret projects and then wait to announce a game later.

But Activision Blizzard has come under scrutiny in recent months with the fallout from a sexual harassment lawsuit. The company is being acquired by Microsoft, and CEO Bobby Kotick is regularly criticized, including a story this week that regulators have begun investigating three people close to him for buying Activision Blizzard stock ahead of the announcement of the acquisition of Microsoft.

All these things can lead to trouble recruiting new developers. There is also a shortage of game developers due to a historic boom in both investment in game companies, acquisitions and formations of new game startups.

Warzone Mobile is recruiting developers.

Activision has had great success with Warzone (with over 100 million players) and Call of Duty: Mobile (more than 500 million players). Call of Duty: Vanguard struggled this year with a focus on World War II, which is less popular than modern warfare. And Activision has reportedly delayed the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to 2023.

That would mean a hole in a premium game for the first time in many years. Meanwhile, Call of Duty: Mobile doesn’t really have a Battle Royale focus, and so making a mobile-specific Warzone could be a gap in the market for Activision to take advantage of.

But there are some risks to doing a mobile Warzone, especially if it distracts Activision from the core game, which needs attention. Furthermore, as Jeff Grubb has pointed out, the solution to the displeasure with Call of Duty content is not to create more Call of Duty content.

Warzone players (left to right) Pierre Planche, James Wing, Dean Takahashi and Anthony Palma.Warzone players (left to right) Pierre Planche, James Wing, Dean Takahashi and Anthony Palma.

And since we’re on the subject of Warzone, this is a perfect opportunity to feature my photo of my Warzone crew and note our recent victory in Warzone.

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