If you work as a temporary tester for Epic Games, there’s good news: the business will soon offer full-time jobs at Epic Games, complete with all benefits, to a few hundred of its contract-based employees in the United States.
Epic Games will “provide full-time at-will employment to qualifying US-based contingent workers,” according to an internal memo acquired by The Verge, and “many of those offers will be effective April 4th, 2022.”
Elka Looks, a spokeswoman for the company, said that a few hundred contractors would be hired, with the majority (but not all) of them being quality assurance (QA) testers. Looks went on to say that the workers would be Epic Games’ direct employees and would be entitled to the company’s US employee benefits package. According to The Verge, the company presently hires QA testers through temp agencies such as Eastridge, Hays, and Nextaff.
Epic isn’t converting all of its temporary employees into full-time employees. There will be some exceptions when the current employment arrangement is more beneficial to both sides, and contingent workers will still be hired for “short-term needs.”
It’s encouraging to hear some good news about job opportunities in the games business, particularly for QA testers. Employees at Raven Software, which makes Call of Duty: Warzone for Activision Blizzard, staged a walkout in December protesting the studio’s decision to fire off a dozen quality assurance personnel. The Game Workers Alliance was created by the QA testers in collaboration with the Communications Workers of America five weeks after they strike (CWA). If you are interested, here you may check jobs for remote qa tester.
We’re also used to seeing game businesses lay off employees even after making record profits, and let’s not forget about the punishing crunch culture that still exists in the industry.