Over 200 Activision Blizzard employees walk out to protest layoffs

Over 200 Activision Blizzard employees walk out to protest layoffs

More than 200 employees at Activision Blizzard walked out on Tuesday in protest of layoffs at Raven Software.

As reported by The Washington Post, staff stopped working yesterday following a walkout the previous day of around 45 members of staff at the aforementioned studio. This was due to 12 members of quality assurance staff at Raven having their contracts terminated.

QA staff at Activision Blizzard in Texas, Minnesota and California walked out.

“It feels like Activision’s toxic culture is starting to bleed into Raven," one member of QA staff at Raven said. "The people who were let go seem to have been chosen completely at random, and the rest of us have survivor’s guilt because we know our teammates deserve to still be here. We’re all just incredibly heartbroken."

In a meeting with staff on Monday, Raven studio head Brian Raffel said that he didn't think the contract terminations to be layoffs, but rather members of temporary staff whose contracts weren't renewed.

“We support their right to express their opinions and concerns in a safe and respectful manner, without fear of retaliation," an Activision Blizzard spokesperson said.

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