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The management of Activision Blizzard has meanwhile postponed the layoffs, explaining that the company has chosen not to extend the contracts of “20 temporary workers”. Raven’s QA team says this is unacceptable given that Activision Blizzard has also announced plans to turn 500 temporary workers into full-time employees and contractors have been laid off “in good standing”. which means it was not the result of their performance at work.
Speaking to the Washington Post, a Raven QA tester said he felt the people let go were picked “at random” and there was a “survivor guilt” feeling on the team. . Some of those who were released were known as the top performers and team leaders of Raven’s quality assurance team.
When layoffs occurred at Raven QA, employees were told that performance was not a determining factor. This is perfectly illustrated by the hard work and dedication of the employees who were made redundant. Several were known to be top performers and even team leaders within the Raven QA team. #WeAreRaven pic.twitter.com/l7IfBOQIdZ
– ABetterABK 💙 ABK Workers Alliance (@ABetterABK) December 8, 2021
This is the third walkout in 2021 at Activision Blizzard as the company continues to grapple with an ongoing lawsuit for sexual harassment and gender discrimination. The first took place in July after the initial California state lawsuit detailed widespread sexual harassment and toxic work culture at Blizzard.
A second walkout was launched in November after the Wall Street Journal reported that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick was personally aware of reports of harassment and sexual assault. Employees have called for Kotick’s resignation, but Activision’s board has announced that it supports Kotick’s retention as CEO.
What is clear is that the fallout from the Activision Blizzard lawsuit will not come soon. As recently as today, lawyer Lisa Bloom and a current Blizzard employee held a press conference right outside Blizzard’s headquarters in Irvine, Calif., Demanding compensation, a formal apology and a fund for the victims. victims to be dealt with by third party advocacy groups.
IGN has a full timeline of events regarding Activision Blizzard since the lawsuit was announced, which includes more details about the company culture and first-hand reports from employees.
Matt TM Kim is the editor-in-chief of IGN. You can reach it @lawoftd.