Ah. Here we go again… Another round of another massive publisher giving QA testers the shaft.
We all know by now that layoffs in the game industry are inevitable. Sometimes it’s because they’re doing the corporate money-shuffling thing. Other times it’s because the video game industry is a bit like the film industry and once a project is finished, the company simply no longer has a need for those people. Whatever the reason, though, there’s a way to go about doing things, and if the report from Kotaku is correct, EA decided to just not worry about all that.
Instead, according to three sources who spoke with Kotaku anonymously, the publisher laid off more than 200 QA testers in their Baton Rouge, LA office. These testers reportedly worked on Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale, Apex Legends.
What makes this scenario worse than a general layoff is how EA reportedly went about it. According to the sources, all the QA testers were “invited” to a mandatory Zoom meeting with their contracting agency, Magnit Global early this morning. This meeting wasn’t scheduled previously and the staff was told to join using their personal devices. It was during this meeting that the entire testing staff was laid off.
While this was a shock to the staff in question, you’d think that the supervisors would have been prepared. This was reportedly not the case, as they weren’t told anything or given time to prepare.
The report also goes on to state that those laid off were only allowed to claim the stuff from the office while being supervised by security and that they will be given a 60-day severance package. Their sources note that this won’t cover the length of a lot of the staff’s contracts.
About the Author
QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various gaming sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.
War Thunder March Update Brings Terror To The Skies In "Sky Guardians"
New vehicles and new maps coming to War Thunder in MarchBy Troy Blackburn - 6 months ago
You May Enjoy
The Elder Scrolls Online Endless Archive Spins On Forever On The PTR Along With Update 40
If you love the game, provide feedback and report bugs!By Matthew D'Onofrio - 1 day ago
Phil Spencer Was Eyeing A Nintendo Purchase According To Microsoft Email Leaks
A 2020 email called Nintendo “THE prime asset”.By QuintLyn Bowers - 2 days ago
Fractal Rush Makes Its Way Back To Guild Wars 2 Along With A Ton Of Fixes
It's time to run those fractals.By Troy Blackburn - 1 week ago
Friends vs Friends Gets New Map, Steam Free Weekend, And Announces Upcoming Expansion
Play for free this weekend starting today.By Troy Blackburn - 1 week ago
This Week In Destiny 2: Legendary Shards Are Being Removed Due To Instability And PvP Strike Team Update
Some players have too many, while others struggle to earn enough.By Matthew D'Onofrio - 6 days ago
💣 Feature | PTR PREVIEW: I Checked Out New World's Upcoming Expansion: Rise Of The Angry Earth
There's a new weapon, zone, and expedition, plus mounts!By Matthew D'Onofrio - 1 week ago