Activision recently fired several QA analysts who contracted with Raven Software, with reports suggesting they lost their jobs. work was promised to increase and was also asked to move forward with that. Many people in the business expressed criticism of the company at a later date, with many from within the company and Raven Software.
Now, Bloomberg reports that many employees in the classroom QA (quality assurance) unit are taking a march against layoffs. They sent an email to management at Activision Blizzard, asking the laid -off employees to make amends, saying “those who participate in this demonstration will do so with the continued success of the classroom in the at the forefront of their minds. “
Activision says 20 contract jobs are being terminated as part of these layoffs that will allow the company to place 500 employees in permanent employment. Alex Dupont, a QA analyst at Raven Software and a spokesman for the emergency personnel group, told Bloomberg, “My employees have lost their jobs due to accidental reasons.” He further added that the laid off workers had not been given proper reasons as to why they had not been able to find their jobs.
An Activision spokesperson said of the march: “We support their right to express their views and concerns in a safe and respectful manner, without fear of retaliation.”
As the team responsible for testing and quality assurance of Call of Duty: Warzone – a game that constantly needs innovations, updates, and improvements – a walk by many of those employees could prove costly for Activision. Call of Duty: Warzone is a huge investor for the company, having earned $ 2 billion in revenue last year. Activision has expanded Raven Software to meet the needs of ongoing support for the free-to-play battle royale shooter.
As noted by the Bloomberg report, aggregated activity is rarely seen in the gaming industry, though it’s not the first time Activision Blizzard employees have expressed opposition to the company recently. With the company itself and its CEO Bobby Kotick coming under heavy pressure following the recent revelation of a culture of vandalism and disruption in the workplace, many of its employees there have been several walks in recent months.