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Epic Games offers hundreds of temporary QA testers full-time roles

The news comes as staff across the industry push for better working conditions.

Chris Kerr

February 21, 2022

1 Min Read

Fortnite developer Epic Games has offered hundreds of temporary developers full-time positions with benefits.

As reported by The Verge, Epic has extended to offer to QA testers and other "eligible" contract-based workers in the United States.

The news comes as employees continue to take major game companies to task in a bid to improve working conditions, including QA testers at Activision Blizzard subsidiary Raven Software who are currently attempting to unionize after the publisher began a restructure that resulted in a number of temporary staff being laid off.

According to an internal memo obtained by The Verge, Epic said it will be offering "full-time at-will employment to eligible US-based contingent workers" but noted that some staff won't receive the offer due to "exceptions" that mean the switch wouldn't make sense for them.

Confirming the news, an Epic spokesperson said the company will hire "a few hundred" contractors, noting that "most but not all" are QA testers. Those who make the full-time switch will be granted access to the company's U.S. employee benefits.

Epic still intends to hire contingent workers for "short-term needs," and didn't elaborate on which workers were excluded from the offer.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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