Activision Blizzard has finally issued a statement in response to the ongoing worker strikes by QA staff at Raven Software.
QA staff at Raven Software have been on strike since early December after QA workers on fixed-term contracts were not renewed by Activision at the last moment, leaving many fearful for their jobs since those employees were terminated in “good standing.”
After almost a month of strikes, parent company Activision Blizzard has finally responded, issuing a statement to GamesIndustry.biz. In the statement, a spokesperson for the company said that “Activision is deeply committed to the wellbeing of all of our teams, including our QA workforce.”
“Raven leadership has engaged in dialogue with its staff to hear concerns and explain the company’s overall investment in development resources. As previously announced, we are growing our overall investment in development and operations resources and converting nearly 500 temporary workers to full-time employees across our studios, the largest conversion in Activision’s history.”
“For the 12 temporary workers at Raven whose agreements were not extended, we provided an extended notice period, included payment for the two-week holiday break, and will be working directly with those that need relocation assistance.”
Contrary to this statement from Activision, the ABK Workers Alliance claimed, on the 4th of January, that they have received “no response from our leadership,” regarding their singular demand that “all members of the Raven Software QA department must be offered full-time positions, including tho who were let go.”
Today is the third week in which employees across the company are striking in solidarity with Raven QA in response to surprise layoffs. Having had no response from our leadership, Raven QA sent the following letter earlier today. #WeAreRaven pic.twitter.com/e9AjbpuiJN
— ABetterABK ? ABK Workers Alliance (@ABetterABK) January 4, 2022