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Published: December 6, 2021

Written by: David Kent

  • Raven Software QA employees get axed after promises of salary increases
  • A community manager takes to Twitter to lambast Activision Blizzard
  • Hackers continue to plague all of Call of Duty’s games indiscriminately

Following months of grueling work and promise of pay raises, the QA team at Raven Software was axed last Friday, prompting a community manager to come to the defense of his colleagues.

Austin O’Brien Says No to Fake Promises and Demoralizing Conditions

Imagine you have been working for months to try and bring a video game’s hacker epidemy under control. Imagine you were fired at the end of that period after being promised pay raises for all the hardships you have gone through. This is what is alleged by Raven Software associate community manager by the name of Austin O’Brien who took to Twitter to share the above experience with the company, in defense of his colleagues who were dismissed from work.

Raven Software is the company behind Warzone, one of the most successful battle royale games to date, which succeeded Infinity Ward on the job. O’Brien said that for months Activision Blizzard had promised raises but instead of that, Friday proved to be the last day at work for many valuable team members, as O’Brien described his colleagues.

O’Brien gave a full and detailed account of what was happening in the company and said: “My friends in QA at Raven were promised, for months, that Activision was working towards a pay restructure to increase their wages.” To compound matters, O’Brien argues that the employees were originally asked to relocate to Madison, Wisconsin.

Hackers Continue to Plague the Call of Duty Franchise Relentlessly

The comments have prompted a wave of retweets and over 20.2K likes on social media as of the time of writing. Many have praised O’Brien for mustering up the courage to speak publicly, with many others joining in the conversation to express their disappointment about being let down by the company in the first place.

O’Brien argued that the workload Raven Software’s QA testers faced was demoralizing to say the least and it made it impossible for the team to cope. Call of Duty Warzone has come under a lot of fire as the game has struggled to control a wave of hackers that contributed to the game’s poor reputation.

However, the Call of Duty franchise, regardless of who the developer is, seems to be experiencing issues with hackers so much that known Warzone hackers were actually complaining about how many hackers there were in the latest game, Vanguard.

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