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Call of Duty: Warzone Developer Raven Software Plans Walkout Today

Following the firing of twelve QA testers, Raven Software team members plan a walkout in solidarity. The team shared a statement with details

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Fntastic50d ago

Raven Software made the great Soldier of Fortune series, these guys are great along with ID software.

RaidenBlack50d ago (Edited 50d ago )

Other than Brian and Steve Raffel, the core Raven devs are not there anymore.
Its just a shell of its former self. Human Head/Roundhouse Studios is the new Raven Software.
Pre-Activision, Raven was the like the sister studio to id Software.
If they could, Brian and Steve Raffel should just uncouple Raven from Activision and just go back to collabing with id like they used to under MS.
The originality they were famous for is being Suppressed by Kotick's company.

LucasRuinedChildhood50d ago (Edited 50d ago )

I remember years ago on KindaFunny, Andrea Renee said something like "EA need micro-transactions to pay workers so they can feed their families, and to invest in amazing new IP." It's really disgusting how disconnected a lot that sort of coverage was from reality. Greed is just greed.

COD makes $3 billion a year (more than Avatar and Endgame). Firing these employees is just taking advantage of a lack of workers protections to bag a small amount of extra profit. QA testers deserve job security as well. Something is wrong if a workplace has more turnover than a call centre.

This is a series that needs near constant QA between Warzone and new entries anyway. We're not talking about a studio that puts out a single player game every 5-10 years.

sourOG50d ago

Why were they fired? It didn’t say. “I was promised a raise but they fired me instead.” I mean that sucks but it happens. I’m sure the game industry is worse than most in that sense. What’s new I mean? If you are going to walk out for your friends jobs that’s on you but that’s all it is.

Given their recent atrocities they are in a perfect position to “restructure” in the guise of making a more inclusive environment. They are going to use this to cut fat for sure and bobby will be vengeful lol. Maybe these testers didn’t fit in the new structure. Maybe they brought a certain “frat boy culture” with them. They are going to run these dummies like Japanese corporations do. Just drain the life out of them lol. Maybe they will fire the walkouts too. I wouldn’t be surprised.

I just think what they are walking on is silly. The other shit was bearable but general layoffs cross a line lol? Defend your friends worth to your boss don’t go picket out front. In the case of activision you should have walked out and stayed out a long time ago.

dbcoops50d ago

"Why were they fired? It didn’t say."

"We are converting approximately 500 temporary workers to full-time employees in the coming months. Unfortunately, as part of this change, we also have notified 20 temporary workers across studios that their contracts would not be extended.”

Sounds like they were temp employees and Activision chose not to extend their contracts or offer them full time positions, it sucks but it happens a lot in many different industries.

sourOG50d ago

Why are they walking out because temp employees got let go. What am I missing?

dbcoops50d ago

I don't have all the answers for you dude all I can tell you is what the article mentions beyond that its pure speculation.

CanadianTurtle50d ago (Edited 50d ago )

I remember these guys were the development team behind Singularity, which was pretty much a poor man's Bioshock. These developers had potential, it's a shame it was squandered and the team was settled for being co-devs for CoD games. It's a damn shame, would've loved to see Singularity2 sometime.

They deserved better, glad to see them walking out.

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