Female employees of Activision Blizzard faced “constant sexual harassment” and discrimination based on their gender, according to a lawsuit filed against the company by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Some of the claims in the suit are disturbing enough to require a content warning. Activision Blizzard’s initial official response called the state’s descriptions “distorted, and in many cases false,” though one of Blizzard’s executives has called them “extremely troubling” and Activision Blizzard’s CEO later called the company’s first response “tone deaf.”
In response to Activision Blizzard’s denials, what’s estimated to be almost a third of the company’s employees signed an open letter calling for Activision Blizzard’s leaders to take accountability, with many planning a walkout on July 28th. Blizzard has also pledged to remove “inappropriate references” from its MMO World of Warcraft but hasn’t specified what those references are.
- MMicrosoft has formally recognized the ZeniMax union.
QA workers at Microsoft’s ZeniMax Studios have voted to join the Communications Workers of America and, true to its word, Microsoft has formally recognized the organization. That means that the National Labor Relations Board won’t have to litigate the election, and the company and the union can start negotiating.
The approximately 300 workers in the union are looking to “put an end to sudden periods of crunch, unfair pay, and lack of growth opportunities within the company,” according to one employee quoted in the CWA’s press release.Quality Assurance Workers at Microsoft’s ZeniMax Studios Establish Company’s First Union
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- RWorkers at Activision Blizzard’s Proletariat studio are organizing.
Less than a month after a second group of Activision Blizzard workers voted to unionize, the Communications Workers of America announced the latest group filing for a union representation election.
The 57 workers in the unit include animators, designers, engineers, producers and quality assurance workers. Earlier this year, quality assurance workers at Activision’s Raven Software studio in Wisconsin and Blizzard Albany won their union elections, despite Activision Blizzard’s repeated attempts to prevent workers from voting.
“Everyone in the video game industry knows Activision Blizzard’s reputation for creating a hostile work environment, so earlier this year, when we heard that Blizzard was planning to acquire Proletariat, we started to discuss how we could protect the great culture we have created here,” said Dustin Yost, a Software Engineer at Proletariat. “By forming a union and negotiating a contract, we can make sure that we are able to continue doing our best work and create innovative experiences at the frontier of game development.”Proletariat Workers Become Third Group of Activision Blizzard Workers to Form Union with Communications Workers of America
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The US Army paused a Call of Duty League sponsorship after allegations against Activision came to light
The Army was concerned about ‘the brand reputation issue.’
QA testers working on Diablo IV in Albany, New York, have just elected Activision Blizzard’s second union after an actual blizzard delayed the vote.
The walkout happens to fall on the one-year anniversary of the company’s bombshell sexual harassment lawsuit
‘They have failed [at union busting] and will continue to fail’
It would be the first in-person BlizzCon since 2019
Activision Blizzard investigated Activision Blizzard and found Activision Blizzard didn’t do anything wrong
Oh, and it says the media made them look bad, too
This is only the second game industry union in North America
Jessica Martinez has 14 years of experience at Disney
Employees were allegedly threatened for discussing a lawsuit against the company
The employees have until May 20th to submit their ballots
Gavin Newsom allegedly fired top DFEH lawyer
In addition to diversifying the company’s workforce, Kristen Hines will also ensure the company’s games include diverse perspectives, too
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A Better ABK made three demands of the company on Friday
The company’s settlement with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been approved
More disturbing allegations have been brought against the company
The parents of Kerri Moynihan allege workplace harassment was a “significant factor” that led to her suicide
Mike Ybarra’s new blog arrives just two days after Microsoft announced its intent to buy Activision
The exec said, ‘In considering possible partners, all roads ultimately lead to Microsoft’
The only Overwatch 2 product on track to release this year will not release this year
Activision Blizzard’s legal troubles may have taken another potential turn
The consent decree and the $18 million victim fund will remain as is for now
A letter sent to employees stated that direct communication with management is better than unionizing