Call of Duty: Warzone Developer Strike After Reported QA Layoff

A group of Raven Software employees are out to protest the decision reported by Activision Blizzard to dismiss 12 quality assurance staff.To be shared with twitter According to Axios’ Stephen Totilo, the group has issued a statement calling on 12 game testers to offer full-time work with other Raven QA teams.

“These individuals were let go in” good condition. ” In short, they didn’t slow down performance or commit crimes that could be fired, “the statement said. “The majority of those who weren’t fired on December 3 are still uncertain about their employment status. These headcount cuts are made after five weeks of overtime and before the expected year-end crisis. At the moment, the QA team, which is mainly working on Call of Duty: Warzone, has been reduced by more than 30% so far. “

The statement further stated that the team would undergo “multiple” positive division changes by leadership. This is also the reason why no one on the team received the standard promotions and salary increases that should have taken place by March 2021.

The statement also claims some of the people recently transferred to Wisconsin without financial support from Raven because of “a guarantee from the studio that their workload is consistent.”

“People who participate in this demonstration do so with the continued success of the studio at the forefront of their hearts,” the statement continues. “Raven’s QA department is essential to the day-to-day functions of the entire studio. Closing a high-performance tester contract at a time of consistent work and profit puts the studio’s health at risk.

“Furthermore, these actions are directly against the positive culture that Raven has created over the years. The ultimate goal of this walkout is to ensure Raven’s continued growth as a studio and everyone who works there. To foster a positive community. “

Activision Blizzard did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Activision Blizzard faces proceedings Submitted in July by California (Since then Expansion (For QA and Customer Service Contractors) Claims long-standing discrimination and harassment.Since then, CEO Bobby Kotick has been Called Company’s first response “Tone Hearing Loss”, Employees staged a strike, President Blizzard J Allen Brack is gone, And that ABK Workers Alliance has demanded change At the company. The proceedings are ongoing.Follow the latest development here..

In September, a US federal agency began investigating Activision Blizzard’s response to employee complaints about sexual misconduct and discrimination.As part of that, Kotick Allegedly summoned..The company is also facing another problem Unfair labor practices proceedings It also claims “worker threats and union crushing” submitted by the union in September. In another development, Activision Blizzard Agreed reached In collaboration with the United States Equality Employment Opportunity Commission, “further strengthen policies and programs to resolve claims and prevent harassment and discrimination.”after Letter to employees, The company announced the end of compulsory arbitration, a $ 250 million initiative to improve diversity, and significant wage cuts for Cotic.

new Report published in November this year Bobby Cotic is now aware of reports of sexual misconduct and claims to be oppressing. Cotic responded in an official statement that the Wall Street Journal article “depicts an inaccurate and misleading view of our company, myself, and my leadership.”In reply, Activision Blizzard’s Board of Directors declaration It is “confident” in Cotic’s leadership.

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