Despite the promises, the call of duty testers was stopped through activation.

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Today, I contract testers Call of Duty Studio Raven Software was told that the studio would be fired on January 28 next year. Call of Duty The community manager said Twitter. A source familiar with the company’s activities confirmed this. Kotaku For the next few days in early December, the Quality Assurance team will meet individually with management to determine if they are out of work.

Acquired by Activation in 1997, Raven Software is now one of the leading developers leading the Call of Duty titles. The Wisconsin-based company has worked on such topics Call of Duty: Black Ops, Ghost, infinite war And in collaboration with other large activation studios, such as Infinity Ward. More recently, Raven Software has become the more popular face of Free to Play Battle Royale. War zone Through patch notices and development works. Raven, in other words, is an important part of the ever-expanding call of duty machine.

According to Austin O’Brien, a community manager for Call of Duty, Raven Software’s quality assurance team promises promotions for months through Activision. As it turns out, there was a star attached to these fragments. Plan, like ours The source said that the activation will attract some contract testers from Raven software, will hire some testers permanently, but the majority of Raven developers will be out of work. Employees retaining jobs will actually be promoted from $ 17 an hour to $ 18.50 an hour, with better benefits and a quarterly bonus. Promises of growth and other benefits that never come There are well-known strategies within the industry as a means of transferring contract workers to more full-time positions.

So far, testers say the studio is not talking much about these structural changes. The developers learned of the dismissal mostly verbally, which added to the anxiety of the QA staff. A source said Kotaku“It wasn’t a normal outcome. They just decided to close the studio. I’ve heard so far that they’ve lost 1/3 of their QA and this will continue until next week.” Kotaku Activation was contacted, but did not respond to a request for comment.

These dismissals came Activation Blizzard Despite High Third Quarter ProfitsThat was more than in 2020. This is not the first time that Activation Blizzard has reduced its workforce during a successful year. CEO Bobby Kotak collected a record bonus. This March One between Estimated 190 dismissals. Activation blizzard too Dismissed 800 staff. Despite the “record results” in 2019. Kotak has. A reputation Strict cost-cutting measures, and the company is proud of its “culture of austerity.” Activation blizzard is also currently affected. A lot of public scrutiny For sexual harassment and discrimination, as well as for failed attempts Managing their public image.

One QA tester wrote on social media, “Many amazing, highly capable testers are being pulled out after years of crisis.” “I’m just as angry as I’m scattered.”


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