Activision to Convert Over Thousand Temporary Workers to Full-Time Roles Starting July 1
Activision Blizzard said on Thursday nearly 1,100 US-based temporary and contingent quality assurance workers of some divisions will be converted to full-time employees, starting July 1.
The Call of Duty maker, which is being acquired by Microsoft for $68.7 billion (roughly Rs. 5,21,100 crore), said it will raise the minimum hourly wages for these employees – from the Activision Publishing and Blizzard divisions – to $20 (roughly Rs. 1,520) or more and also offer them access to full company benefits.
This change will increase Activision Publishing division’s total full-time staff by 25 percent.
“This change follows a process that began last year across AP and Blizzard of converting temporary and contingent employees, including 500 at AP’s studios, to permanent full-time employees,” said an Activision Blizzard spokesperson.
The company has been the subject of investigative stories detailing allegations of sexual harassment internally, and its employees have staged walkouts to protest against its response to the issues. Last year July, California regulators filed a lawsuit, alleging Activision “fostered a sexist culture.”
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Xbox Game Pass: Dates Revealed for Assassin’s Creed Origins, For Honor: Marching Fire Edition
Assassin’s Creed Origins and For Honor: Marching Fire Edition were coming to Xbox Game Pass, we knew, but now we have the exact dates. The games were spotted under the ‘Coming Soon’ tab in Xbox Game Pass app with their debut dates. While Assassin’s Creed Origins will be available for play on June 6, the For Honor: Marching Fire Edition will be accessible on May 31. The news comes as other titles such as Hardspace: Shipbreaker, Sniper Elite 5, Cricket 22, and more are also joining Xbox Game Pass for the month. Seven games will be removed from Xbox Game Pass library on May 31.
Last week, Microsoft announced the list of new games coming soon to Xbox Game Pass for rest of May on its Xbox Wire blog. Now, there are two more games, Assassin’s Creed Origins and For Honor: Marching Fire Edition that have been seen under the ‘Coming Soon’ tab on the app, listed to be added to the Game Pass on June 6 and May 31, respectively. These games were not named in the May 17 blog.
For Honor: Standard Edition is already available on Xbox Game Pass. While Origins is coming soon to Game Pass, Sony announced last week through its official blog that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be added to the all-new PlayStation Plus game lineup. The game is available to PlayStation Plus Extra, Deluxe, and Premium members as part of Ubisoft Classics. Some games for the rest of May Xbox Game Pass roster will be available for Windows PC, Xbox consoles, and Xbox Cloud. Here’s the complete list of Xbox Game Pass titles for the rest of May:
Xbox Game Pass May 2022 — new games
- Hey Story — PC
- Jurassic World Evolution 2 — Cloud, Console, and PC
- Skate — Cloud
- Umurangi Generation Special Edition — Cloud, Console, and PC
- Little Witch in the Woods (Game Preview) — Console and PC
- Farming Simulator 22 — Cloud, Console, and PC
- Vampire Survivors — PC
- Floppy Knights — Cloud, Console, and PC
- Hardspace: Shipbreaker — PC
- Sniper Elite 5 — Console and PC
- Cricket 22 — PC
- Pac-Man Museum — Cloud, Console, and PC
Like every month, Microsoft is also removing games from the roster, as new ones are added to Game Pass. There are seven outgoing titles that gamers can retain by purchasing, offered at a 20 percent discount.
Xbox Game Pass May 2022 — games that will be gone soon
- EA Sports NHL 20 — Console
- Farming Simulator 19 — Cloud, Console, and PC
- Knockout City — Console and PC — EA Play
- Resident Evil 7 Biohazard — Cloud, Console, and PC
- Spellforce 3: Soul Harvest — PC
- Superhot Mind Control Delete — Cloud, Console, and PC
- Yes, Your Grace — Cloud, Console, and PC
Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass is available in India for Rs. 349 per month on PC and Xbox consoles. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, that includes EA Play, Xbox Live Gold/ Xbox network, and game streaming in select markets, costs Rs. 499 per month in India. These new prices went into effect April 1.
New State Mobile May Update Live on Android, iOS; Brings New Map, Weapon, More
New State Mobile May update is currently live on Android and iOS, the game developer Krafton announced on Friday. The list of new things the update adds include a new map, a new weapon, combat leveling system, action feature, and Survivor Pass. The new map is called Underbridge and can be found in the Round Deathmatch mode. A new combat leveling system is also being added to the Round Deathmatch mode. The new gun being introduced is a Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR). The update also brings the Survivor Pass Volume 7. The update also brings a slew of bug fixes for the mobile game with the update.
There are a number of new additions in the New State Mobile 0.9.32 release. The new update brings a new map called Underbridge to the Round Deatchmatch mode. The map has been built for mid-to-long range battles and features two watchtowers so that players can spot the enemies from a distance. Care Packages will not spawn in the new map, unlike in the previous map Arena.
The Round Deathmatch Mode also gets a new combat levelling system in the update. In the new system, players can earn combat experience points based on the outcome of the Team/Round Deathmatch including win, loss, kill, and damage. Players who abandon the match and their team mid-game will not be eligible for the points. After reaching a particular combat level, players will receive a gun customisation kit for the Round Deathmatch preset.
New State Mobile new update also brings a new gun to the game. The weapon, M110A1 is a new Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) that uses 7.62mm ammo. The developers claim that it has the fastest bullet velocity among DMRs in the game. “The M110A1 balances strong damage output with stable recoil and includes a diverse set of equipable accessories, including a scope, magazine, muzzle, and cheek pad slot,” added the developer.
Krafton has also added a new action feature called Piggyback in the game. This feature lets players piggyback knocked-out players and carry them to safety. Players can piggyback allies as well as enemies. While using the Piggyback action feature players will not be able to use other actions.
The May update also introduces the Survivor Pass Volume 7 with Paul Rubin from the New State faction coming to the mobile version of the game. Players will be able to earn Paul Rubin’s costumes and appearance by completing all the story missions that roll out each week.
New State Mobile is also getting slew of bug fixes in the latest update. The crash related bug fixes include an issue where a smartphone would shut down while waiting to enter the starting island in Troi, another issue where the game would randomly close after parachuting, and the issue where the client would force close while entering a vehicle. Other aspects of the game like the gameplay, sound, and graphics also received bug fixes.
Epic Games Store Mega Sale 2022: Great Offers on Far Cry 6, Ghostwire Tokyo, and More
Epic Games Store Mega Sale 2022 went live on Thursday and will last till June 16 at 11am ET / 8:30pm IST. There are discounts of up to 75 percent on over 1,600 games and add-ons. You will also get limitless Epic Games Store Mega coupons throughout the duration of this sale that will provide an additional 25 percent discount on games purchases worth $14.99 (roughly Rs. 1,160) or more. The Mega Sale 2022 also brings the Vault and Mega Deals that will refresh every week with new offers.
The Epic Games Store Mega Sale 2022 will last for four weeks and sees Ghostwire: Tokyo go on sale for the first time since its release on the platform. Here are some of the other great discounts currently available.
Epic Games Store Mega Sale 2022 best discounts
Tiny Tina’s Wonderland at Rs. 2,639.20 — 20 percent off
Ghostwire: Tokyo at Rs. 1,649.33 — 34 percent off
Far Cry 6 at Rs. 1,499.50 — 50 percent off
Red Dead Redemption 2 at Rs. 1,599.50 — 50 percent off
Cyberpunk 2077 at Rs. 1,499.50 — 50 percent off
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition at Rs. 1,199.60 — 60 percent off
Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition at Rs. 1,649.50 — 50 percent off
Riders Republic at Rs. 1,499.50 — 50 percent off
Hitman 3 at Rs. 944.50 — 50 percent off
Kena: Bridge of Spirits at Rs. 610.35 — 35 percent off
Mafia: Trilogy at Rs. 1,649.50 — 50 percent off
As mentioned earlier, there is also the Vault, which will open every week of the sale to offer a new free game. For the first week, Borderlands 3 has gone free till May 26 at 8:30pm IST.
Epic is also giving away free in-game items and more as part of the Mega Deals offer. Right now, you can grab exclusive items from popular titles like the HNY Inverted wheels in Rocket League. Furthermore, a legendary bundle is available in Warframe and Fortnite is offering the Volcanic Assassins Quest Pack.
Epic Games Store Mega Sale 2022 runs from Thursday, May 19 to Thursday, June 16.
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