As reported by The Washington Post, the studio announced a reorganization of the quality assurance department that would either promote or lay off contract testers full-time. The company contacted those affected from December 3rd and will continue until December 8th. The changes will be made from January 28th.
Speaking anonymously to the website, a QA contractor from Raven Software said, “The majority of the people who had their meetings have been laid off. Everyone was told, ‘You didn’t do anything wrong’ after getting the bad news. ”In light of the abuse allegations at Activision Blizzard, the parent company of the development studio, another QA tester, Evan Avillanoza, lamented the broken reputation of the company and the conflicting emotions that work there.
“Our team is destroyed and absolutely no one will want to work, even if they get promoted. – I wanted to leave because Activision has had a good reputation lately and I don’t want to support the company any longer. – I think it’s embarrassing to work for Activision. “
✨NEW QA JOB OPPORTUNITIES✨
I will update this thread with any QA roles I see open! If you have any vacancies in your company or find cool sounding positions elsewhere, feel free to message me or reply to this thread with links. 😊
– Steph McStea 🏳️🌈 (@TeaAndMonsters) November 22, 2021
Among other Twitter users in the industry, Steph McStea, QA Lead for Double Eleven, is the team behind it Rust, created a thread listing the currently open QA positions for everyone affected by the layoffs.
Those promoted during the restructuring will reportedly receive a raise of $ 1.50 (£ 1.10) an hour. This would bring their hourly wage to $ 18.50 (£ 14). Employees were also informed that moving to a full-time position would give them more benefits and bonuses.
In other news, Geoff Keighley has said that Activision will not be featured in Blizzard at The Game Awards outside of its nominated games.