Call Of Duty: Warzone Devs Have Staged A Walkout

Call Of Duty: Warzone Devs Have Staged A Walkout
Images: Raven Software

Written by 

Joseph Kime

Published 

7th Dec 2021 11:24

Activision Blizzard's presence in the gaming community has been immeasurably destructive in a multitude of ways. Their grim attitudes and actions were first put to the public with a lawsuit that alleged a "frat-boy culture" of sexual assault and harassment of staff, and heavy discrimination against staff members of colour.

It was an uncomfortable reveal, and while company CEO Bobby Kotick refuses to budge from his position, the company looks even worse. And the depressing state of working for Activision Blizzard has bled into the companies under its wing.

Now, Raven Software staff are airing their frustrations with the company, as they're staging a walkout after team members were laid off.

Raven Software Stages Walkout

Raven Software, the main team behind Call of Duty: Warzone are staging a walkout to protest the surprise laying off of team members in its quality assurance team.

Several team members were sacked with no warning on December 3 after being promised increased wages, and now, the rest of the team are rallying up to have them return to the company.

Raven Software team members have responded in a statement - "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."

Activision Blizzard Workers Alliance Comments On Raven Walkout

The news has also come to the Activision Blizzard King worker's alliance, who have said on Twitter "The goal of this demonstration is to ensure the continued growth of Raven.

"Everyone participating in today's demonstration does so with the continued success of the studio at the forefront of their mind. To our leadership, we hope you'll abide by our policy to lead responsibility."

It's good to see that workers at Raven are protesting for these roles to be reinstated and for better working conditions, and it's equally as great that the union supporting Activision Blizzard staff are rallying behind them.

As of now, there are worries this could seriously impact the impending release of Warzone Pacific. The key to better games is better working environments, and we've got our fingers crossed that the Raven team get what they need.

 

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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