Frustration and anger about Activision Blizzard continues to grow as the recent demand by CEO Bobby Kotick to resign over 1,800 employees has gone unheeded. It seems that each week a new issue has surfaced regarding active Blizzard internal problems. This week will be no different. reports are coming Raven Software that friday evening Duty The developer’s quality assurance division has been hit by targeted layoffs.

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The news comes from Raven Software associate community manager Austin O’Brien, who is asking developers at other studios to post any QA job listings they may currently have available. O’Brien says that “valuable members” of Raven Software’s QA department are being called into meetings one-on-one and let go.


O’Brien and many others described the situation as unfair, infuriating, heartbreaking and “bull****”. O’Brien explains in detail why this situation created by Activision Blizzard is so subliminal. To start, O’Brien says that many of these developers moved to Raven Software’s location in Madison, Wisconsin, specifically for these jobs. By January 28, they will have to relocate to find work. In addition, O’Brien points out that until recently Activision was actively “working” toward restructuring pay for Raven’s QA department. It was a promise made several months ago, only for Activision Blizzard to now decide to lay off these workers rather than reward them for their labor.

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Raven Software gameplay engineer Tyler Trombley describes Raven’s QA department as “some of the best QA I’ve ever worked with.” Raven QA tester Molly Weaver points out that “a lot of wonderful, highly competent testers are getting laid off,” and further that these workers are being fired after “crunch after crunch after years.” The quality of developers within Raven’s QA that is being shut down is a consistent point within the online conversation.

Raven Software is one of the main developers Call of Duty: Warzone, as it co-evolved Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War With Treyarch. Needless to say, Raven is a major part of Activision Blizzard’s current ongoing live service efforts. Its QA team is actively involved in ongoing projects and the remaining team members are sure to be needed for the work of their now-dismissed co-workers.

Why Activision Blizzard is laying off these developers is unclear, as most of the company’s layoffs in recent years have been questioned. What is clear is that there are many developers here Raven Software See also these layoffs unnecessary and cruel. Unfortunately, there seems to be a coherent idea attached to Activision Blizzard these days.

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