Trimming corners: Raven Software Quality Testers are called to meetings to notify them of upcoming layoffs. The decision came despite an increase in the company’s third-quarter earnings and Activision’s ongoing pledge of higher wages. The move could inflict another self-inflicted wound on Activision’s already severely damaged reputation.
Sometimes it seems like Activision can’t help but shoot itself in the foot. Call of Duty community leader Austin O’Brien said in a tweet that Activision has begun meeting with the game’s Quality Assurance (QA) team to inform them of the upcoming layoffs. According to a source close to Kotakulayoffs have already killed more than a third of quality assurance professionals and will continue until next week. The layoffs come amid the company’s ongoing struggle against allegations of harassment and abuse.
O’Brien’s subsequent tweets say that many QA testers have been asked to relocate to Madison, Wisconsin to work on projects supporting the popular franchise. Developers were also told that they would receive pay increases on many occasions, but that increase never happened. Instead, according to a Kotaku source, Activision will hire several testers on a full-time basis, leaving the rest of the team unemployed in time for the holidays.
These people were asked to move to Madison, Wisconsin to work here. On January 28, they were unemployed.
Our QA team is doing an incredible job, but it will not only increase their workload but also undermine their morale.
If any of your industry friends have openings, please share them.
– Austin O’Brien (@eyyohbee) December 3, 2021
While the news of the layoffs could be negative, O’Brien’s appeal to industry friends with open opportunities could have some positive results. Contacts of large developers like Zenimax to local development studios in Madison such as Lost Boys Interactive responded with potential suggestions and suggestions in the hopes of finding a home for the relocated QA team.
Video game quality testers are primarily responsible for playing and playing games (or sections of games) for bugs, glitches, and exploits so they can be fixed before or shortly after launch. Games with constant releases and a huge player base such as War zonerely heavily on these testers to ensure that the releases are functional and will not interfere with the players or the surrounding multi-million dollar industry that has spawned everything from cash tournaments to Warzone-based live streams and podcasts.
The sudden layoffs are not the first for Activision. Earlier this year, the company fired more than 190 employees believe changes are necessary to save money and new inventions during a pandemic. Meanwhile, CEO Bobby Kotick made over $ 200 million in bonuses during the same period.
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