In short: Good news if you happen to be working as a temporary tester at Epic Games, the company will soon be offering a full-time job, along with all the perks, to its several hundred contract employees in the US.
According to a memo received from an employee edge, Epic Games will “offer permanent employment at will to eligible US-based contingents” and “many of these offers will go into effect on April 4, 2022.”
A spokeswoman for Elka Lux confirmed that several hundred contractors will be hired and that most, but not all, will be quality assurance (QA) testers. Luks added that workers will be directly employed by Epic Games and will be eligible for the company’s US employee benefits plan. The Verge notes that the studio is currently using temporary agencies such as Eastridge, Hays and Nextaff to hire QA testers.
Epic does not turn all of its temporary workers into full-time employees. There will be some exceptions where the current employment scheme is more suitable for both parties and it will still hire agency workers for “short-term needs”.
It’s great to see some positive news regarding employment in the gaming industry, especially when it comes to QA testers. Back in December, employees at Activision Blizzard-owned Raven Software, which runs Call of Duty: Warzone, went on strike to protest a decision to lay off a dozen quality assurance professionals. Five weeks after the strike, QA testers founded Game Workers Alliance in collaboration with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
We’ve also gotten used to gaming companies laying off staff even after those firms are making record profits, and let’s not forget the harsh punishment culture that’s still prevalent in the industry.