Activision Blizzard Will Convert 1,100 QA Part-Timers To Full Time, Plus Raise Base Wages

Activi­sion has announced some changes for the work­ers at both the main branch, as well as Bliz­zard, see­ing near­ly 1,100 US-based tem­po­rary work­ers brought on as full-time. The pub­lish­er is also rais­ing its min­i­mum hourly rates for QA posi­tions to $20/hour. Bloomberg report­ed that Activi­sion will not pro­vide rais­es to the QA testers at Raven, who are attempt­ing to cre­ate a union. This is “due to our legal oblig­a­tions under the Nation­al Labor Rela­tions Act,” the com­pa­ny said.

As a result of these con­ver­sions, Activi­sion’s full-time staff will grow by 25%. These changes come after employ­ees went on strike and voiced con­cerns over oth­er labor issues with­in the com­pa­ny over the past year.

Microsoft is in the process of acquir­ing Activi­sion Bliz­zard, but it they have no say in these mat­ters until the deal clos­es in 2023. A group of US senators–including Bernie Sanders and Eliz­a­beth Warren–stated they were “deeply con­cerned” with Microsoft­’s pro­posed purchase.

The FTC is also report­ed­ly look­ing into Activi­sion Bliz­zard over its labor issues specif­i­cal­ly, as part of its probe into the Microsoft/Activision Bliz­zard deal.

ABK Work­ers Alliance, the group that advo­cates for work­ers at Activi­sion Bliz­zard King, has not react­ed to the recent news from Activi­sion. How­ev­er, founder Jes­si­ca Gon­za­lez retweet­ed a tweet say­ing these are a “big win” for the employees.

The CWA union released a state­ment to Kotaku in which it said that exclud­ing Raven QA staff from these perks is “galling.”

Make no mis­take, all cred­it for Activi­sion Bliz­zard’s lat­est move to give all tem­po­rary and con­tin­gent QA team mem­bers full-time employ­ment and a raise should go to the work­ers who have been orga­niz­ing, mobi­liz­ing, and speak­ing out,” CWA sec­re­tary-trea­sur­er Sara Stef­fens said. “It’s espe­cial­ly galling then that Activi­sion has exclud­ed Raven Soft­ware QA work­ers, who have been at the fore­front of this effort, from these ben­e­fits. The com­pa­ny’s asser­tion that the Nation­al Labor Rela­tions Act pre­vents them from includ­ing Raven work­ers is clear­ly an effort to divide work­ers and under­mine their effort to form a union.”

Con­ver­sions to full-time will take place star­ing July 1st, while the increase in pay starts on April 17th. Activi­sion stat­ed the work­ers con­vert­ed from tem­po­rary to full-time will be eli­gi­ble for “full” com­pa­ny ben­e­fits and the com­pa­ny’s bonus scheme.

Activi­sion’s next big releas­es include Call of Duty:Modern War­fare 2 and War­zone 2, which will launch along­side each oth­er when they are released.

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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