Employees at Raven Software are walking out over a dispute following layoffs in the QA team.
The Activision Blizzard owned studio is responsible for Call of Duty: Warzone, on which the QA team is predominantly focused.
However, on Friday 3rd December 12 QA testers had their contracts terminated in “good standing”, meaning without underperforming or committing a fireable offense.
The majority of the remaining team at the Wisconsin studio are unsure about the status of their employment. The cuts come after a five-week period of overtime and anticipated end-of-year crunch.
“In response to the events of Friday, the Raven QA team and other members of Raven’s staff will be walking out with a singular demand: Every member of the QA team, including those terminated on Friday, must be offered full time positions,” reads a statement from staff.
“The Raven QA department is essential to the day-to-day functioning of the studio as a whole. Terminating the contracts of high performing testers in a time of consistent work and profit puts the health of the studio at risk.
“Additionally, these actions go directly against the positive culture that Raven has created over the years. The end goal of this walk out is to ensure the continued growth of Raven as a studio and to foster a positive community for everyone who works there.”
Some of those team members who were let go had relocated to Wisconsin, without assistance from Raven, in anticipation of the return to in-person work, due to reassurances from the studio that their workload would remain consistent.
Raven Software is responsible for a number of Call of Duty titles, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Employee group ABetterABK tweeted out their support: “We watched in shock today as our peers at Raven lost their employment in real time. With all of our efforts to improve the lives of our contractors, this is a great wound for all of us – and an incredible break of the trust the company has asked us for. Know we stand with you.
“This has not only destroyed the morale of our workforce, but obliterated trust in the company that has been routinely asking us for patience in improving our work lives.”
We watched in shock today as our peers at Raven lost their employment in real time. With all of our efforts to improve the lives of our contractors, this is a great wound for all of us–and an incredible break of the trust the company has asked us for. Know we stand with you.?
— ABetterABK ? ABK Workers Alliance (@ABetterABK) December 4, 2021
This marks the latest walkout of staff from an Activision Blizzard studio.
Just last month, 150 Activision Blizzard staff walked out demanding the removal of CEO Bobby Kotick following damning reports of workplace harassment and misconduct.