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Call of Duty: Warzone Devs Staging a Walkout to Protest Recent Layoffs

Call of Duty: Warzone Devs Staging a Walkout to Protest Recent Layoffs - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 December 2021 / 1,220 Views

Raven Software, a developer that works on Call of Duty: Warzone, had layoffs on Friday. Activision told 12 QA employees their contracts would end on January 28. The 12 laid off accounts for 40 of the employees that are part of Raven's QA team.

The Raven QA team and other members of Raven's staff will be staging a walkout with a demand that every member of the QA team, including those laid off, to be offered full time positions.

"On Friday December 3rd, 12 of Raven Software’s Quality Assurance testers were brought into individual meetings and informed that their contracts would be terminated on January 28th," reads a post from ABK Workers Alliance, an alliance of employees at Activision Blizzard King working together for change.

"These individuals were let go in 'good standing,' meaning they had not underperformed or committed any fireable offense. The majority of those who were not let go on December 3rd are still unsure about the status of their employment. These personnel cuts come after five weeks of overtime, and before an anticipated end of year crunch. The QA team, which at this point in time mainly works on Call of Duty: Warzone so far has been reduced by just over 30%.

"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.

"The 12 individuals who have been let go so far are considered by their colleagues to be essential to the everyday functioning of the Raven QA team. Several of those who were let go recently relocated to Wisconsin in anticipation of the return to in person work. They did so without relocation assistance from Raven, due to reassurances from the studio that their workload was consistent. Call of Duty: Warzone, which recently announced the release of a new map and integration with the Call of Duty: Vanguard title, earns $5.2 million per day.

"In response to the events of Friday, the Raven QA team and other members of Raven’s staff will be walking out with a singular demand: Every member of the QA team, including those terminated on Friday, must be offered full time positions. Those participating in this demonstration do so with the continued success of the studio at the forefront of their mind. The Raven QA department is essential to the day-to-day functioning of the studio as a whole. Terminating the contracts of high performing testers in a time of consistent work and profit puts the health of the studio at risk. Additionally, these actions go directly against the positive culture that Raven has created over the years. The end goal of this walk out is to ensure the continued growth of Raven as a studio and to foster a positive community for everyone who works there."

Call of Duty: Warzone is developed by Infinity Ward and Raven Software.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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4 Comments
2zosteven (on 07 December 2021)

this company needs a change in leadership yesterday!

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HelenMCD (on 06 December 2021)

talk about shooting the little guys. Fairplay to the staff thats standing up for their friends as this is pretty messed up. But then what would you expect from blizzard.

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scrapking (on 08 December 2021)

The part that stood out for me is that these were staff in good standing (not staff who'd been identified as under-performing), and are considered essential by their co-workers. What the hell, Raven/ActiBlizz?!

I own a small business with about a dozen staff, but I'm always hiring when a good employee comes along, even if it's not the ideal time of year. Finding the right people, who have the skills and have the personality to meld with the rest of the team, is SO DAMN HARD that I grab them whenever I can.

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mjk45 (on 07 December 2021)

Positive department changes yes, but they left out who it was positive for.

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