Activision workers walk out in protest at sudden layoffs!

Madison, Wisconsin - Activision is on a roll this year in the worst possible way, as a recent spate of layoffs has caused a strike among workers at one of its studios.

Dropping into Warzone is possible in part thanks to the QA contract workers who were fired.
Dropping into Warzone is possible in part thanks to the QA contract workers who were fired.  © Activision

Workers at Raven Software, the studio behind Call of Duty: Warzone, walked out on Monday in protest at the decision to fire 12 quality assurance contract workers on December 3.

"Every member of the QA team, including those terminated on Friday, must be offered full time positions," the employees demanded in a statement.

It doesn't put a great light on Raven Software or Activision that Warzone reportedly brings in $5.2 million dollars per day, but the studio profiting from the game decided not to keep sorely needed employees who were already working overtime, despite no underperformance or other grounds for firing.

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According to the workers, Raven strung the quality assurance team along before firing them:

"This team was told multiple times by Raven leadership that there were positive departmental changes coming. These upcoming changes were also used as the reason why no members of the team received standard promotions or raises that were meant to be in place by March of 2021."

Now, those who were fired may have some hope in the activist strike from their co-workers, which would be a boon for the laid-off workers who "recently relocated to Wisconsin in anticipation of the return to in person work."

On Tuesday morning, the Twitter account Activision Blizzard King Workers Alliance said the employees walked out for the second day in a row.

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