Raven Software Grew by 50%, Hired from Major Competitors

Raven Software, the lead development team behind Call of Duty (COD): Warzone, has apparently grown by 50% since coming to the front of development.
Raven Software, the lead development team behind Call of Duty (COD): Warzone, has apparently grown by 50% since coming to the front of development. / Raven Software

Raven Software, the lead development team behind Call of Duty (COD): Warzone, has apparently grown by 50% since coming to the front of development.

It appears that Activision is looking to meet player demand with Raven Software workforce supply. According to an analysis published by VGC on Monday, July 19, the studio has hired over 100 staff members in the past year—with at least 40 more positions open and in line to be filled. Among those hired are major players from some of the battle royale genre's largest competing contributors such as Apex Legends, Far Cry, and more.

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The reason for its explosive growth comes down to the massive popularity of its current battle royale, Warzone, boasting over 100 million players in its first year alone. Since the release of COD: Black Ops in 2020, Raven's LinkedIn has at least 100 more profiles listing themselves as employees—from 250 to 350.

According to Amos Hodge, the company's creative director, the studio is "hiring like crazy." There are currently 41 positions listed to be filled at the time of writing. They have jobs listed "all over" he said in an interview with VGC. The outlet noted that it appears almost every internal studio has a hand in Activision's flagship military shooter.

Some of the largest names now working under Raven's banner are Far Cry 6 game director Ted Timmins, Fortnite senior producer William Fine, and Respawn Entertainment lead animator Manuel Torres Pineda.

Unfortunately, DBLTAP cannot confirm whether or not Activision will be looking to implement the anti-cheat measures seen in projects once managed by their recent hires. It's more likely this was meant to help with the development of the newest franchise installment, Vanguard—but we won't discourage players from hope.