The wave of layoffs in technology companies does not subside and this time it was the turn of a significant number of workers related to Apex Legends who lost their jobs in the most informal way possible despite their great work so that Battle Royale had a good time in their recent seasons.
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Apex Legends runs out of QA workers
According to a Kotaku report, Electronic Arts ordered the dismissal of 200 workers between testers and quality control who were located in the Baton Rouge office in Louisiana, practically all the personnel who were in charge of the tests and quality control of the Battle. Royale Apex Legends. Without revealing the reason and without prior notice, the staff was summoned today at 8 AM by Magnit Global, the agency that hires them because they do not have a direct employment relationship with the video game company. However, it was not a face-to-face appointment, but a Zoom video call from wherever they were. There, they were informed without further ado that they had lost their job.
EA just fired its entire Baton Rouge studio, which is essentially their entire Apex Legends QA staff.
— Ben (@TopMarx420) February 28, 2023
In this regard, EA sent a statement to Kotaku where it responded as follows: “As part of our ongoing global strategy, we are expanding the distribution of our Apex Legends test team and ending the test execution that has been concentrated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which has impacted the services provided by our third-party provider Our global team, which includes remote game testers across the United States, allows us to increase the hours per week that we can test and optimize the game and reflects a commitment to understanding and better serve our growing community around the world.”
Finally, anonymous sources revealed that after the Zoom call, the workers were invited to take their things from the office and were offered 60 days of salary as part of their dismissal. It should be remembered that quality control personnel have historically been undervalued in the video game industry and that is precisely where the first movements to form unions arose.
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