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Activision Blizzard may have given nearly 1,100 of its part-time video game testers full-time jobs complete with pay raises, but the move notably excludes Activision employees who are seeking to form the first certified labor union at a major North American game publisher.

On Thursday, the Santa Monica-based game developer announced that it would be converting the part-time and contract quality assurance testers into full-time roles, complete with $20 minimum hourly salaries and access to full benefits. In a statement, Activision said the decision followed “a process that began last year”—one that initially converted 500 temporary workers across Activision’s studios into full-time roles—and will now “increase [Activision Publishing]’s total full-time staff by 25%.”

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