Update: 04/14/2022: The seven states where Bungie is offering fully remote eligible positions are “just the beginning” of the developer’s commitment to going “digital-first.”
While these locations are currently only available in California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington, Bungie plans to add more locations to this list in the future.
Speaking to IGN, a Bungie spokesperson said, “This is just the beginning of our transition to a digital-first approach to hybrid work. We plan to open new locations and will make further announcements as they become available.”
Original story: Destiny developer Bungie has said it’s committed to remote work for “most current and future roles.”
Bungie announced its intentions on Twitter (below) and was spotted by Kotaku. It said it will take a “digital-first” approach to future job openings. California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington are the “eligible” states that are fully remotely eligible.
It’s currently unconfirmed why fully removed roles are only available in those seven states or if Bungie plans to expand the offerings to other parts of the US, but IGN has requested comment on those matters.
Bungie goes digital first.
Most current and future roles will be fully remotely eligible in these states, with more coming soon! pic.twitter.com/Ot43z9tgZm
– Bungie (@Bungie) April 12, 2022
Bungie is the first major AAA video game company to declare a near-fully remote approach indefinitely. Along with the rest of the world, most developers have been forced home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some studios are switching back to the office.
Activision Blizzard employees recently went on a walkout over issues related to remote work and vaccination requirements.
A company-wide vaccination mandate was lifted “effective immediately,” prompting the ABK (Activision Blizzard King) Workers Alliance to organize a strike in protest, through which they also demanded that remote work be “offered as a permanent solution.”
Bungie, while arguably best known for creating the Halo series, is most associated with Destiny today. It recently took legal action against several anonymous individuals for making bogus copyright claims on its behalf that have wreaked havoc in the Destiny community.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally thinks about tweeting @thelastdinsdale. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.
https://www.ign.com/articles/destiny-developer-bungie-commits-to-remote-working Destiny: Bungie says it’s committed to remote work in seven eligible states [Update]