03/07/2022

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Raven Software employees stage walkout in protest of Activision Blizzard layoffs

Raven Quality Assurance testers were recently informed of upcoming layoffs despite promises of positive changes coming to the department.

As much as Activision Blizzard management swears it is going out of its way to better the company, it continues to act in ways that show little change in attitude for the wellbeing of its employees. Today, the company faces consequences of that attitude as many employees within the Raven Software Quality Assurance department stage a walkout. The employees involved are protesting recent sudden layoffs in the department despite promises to the contrary by ABK management.

The ABetterABK group, which advocates for the betterment of conditions for Activision Blizzard workers, shared word of the Raven Software QA walkout in a Twitter thread and Google Doc on December 6, 2021. This comes on the back of a sudden layoff in which many Raven Software QA were suddenly told their contracts with the company would be terminated in January, as shared by Raven Software associate community manager Austin O’Brien. Allegedly, the employees were told they would be let go in “good standing,” meaning no underperformance or violations of company policy occurred. It leads many to believe the mass termination was specifically to cut costs at the company.

The Google Doc and several other tweets share an unfortunate look at circumstances surrounding the Raven QA layoffs.

Several accounts of the firings also go on to say that many of the employees fired were asked to relocate to Madison, Wisconsin for on-site work and now face crisis when it comes to lodgings.

Bobby Kotick has previously said that he would step down if the issues at Activision Blizzard are not resolved quickly, which the Activision Blizzard Board has chosen to back. However, if the recent Raven QA layoffs suggest anything, it is that little has changed despite Bobby Kotick’s promises.