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Blizzard Albany Announces Union Bid, Forms Albany Game Workers Alliance

The quality assurance testers of Blizzard Albany, formerly Vicarious Visions, have filed for a union representation election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). As the Albany Game Workers Alliance,  the workers have requested Activision Blizzard voluntarily recognize their union. Blizzard Albany (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Diablo II: Resurrected) is…

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Blizzard Albany, formerly Vicarious visions, is the second studio to make a bid for an Activision Blizzard union.

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Activision Blizzard Workers Plan Walkout in Push for Protections for Women, LGBTQIA+ Employees

Activision Blizzard workers’ Committee Against Sex and Gender Discrimination is planning a walkout on July 21 as it calls for better employee protections against legislation affecting women, LGBTQIA+ employees, and their families. The ABetterABK Twitter account, which has acted as a hub for workers at Activision Blizzard in the months…

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Activision-Blizzard Lifts Vaccine Mandate Ahead of Return to Office

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Overwatch 2 Deserves Better Than Being Activision Blizzard’s Shield

Yesterday, Blizzard released a breakdown of Junker Queen, the newest hero coming to Overwatch 2. But this isn’t a news piece about how sick the latest tank character’s kit is. That’s because the same day, only five percent of Activision Blizzard’s shareholders voted to have an employee representative on the…

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After Everything, Activision Blizzard Board Denies Workers a Seat

We are just a month away from the one-year anniversary of Activision Blizzard facing a lawsuit from the State of California regarding its workplace culture. It was described as a “frat boy” space, with women facing discrimination and harassment. This had gone long unaddressed by higher-ups at the company, and…

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Lawyer Alleges California Governor Meddled in Activision-Blizzard Case in Resignation

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Like Activision, I Have Also Cleared Myself of All Wrongdoing

Friends, I write this story today to proclaim some good news: I have done nothing wrong, ever. Those times I might have made mistakes or gotten something incorrect have actually been found to be somehow beneficial to me. Even old tests in which I got answers wrong, or that haunting…

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Can We Believe Blizzard Will Avoid Crunch with the Overwatch 2 Seasonal Model?

Overwatch 2 is finally nearing its PVP launch after decoupling the game’s competitive side and the cooperative story mode. Blizzard announced during the 2022 Xbox and Bethesda showcase that Overwatch 2’s competitive suite will be free-to-play when it launches on October 4, and today, the studio laid out its plans…

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Can We Believe Blizzard Will Avoid Crunch with the Overwatch 2 Seasonal Model?

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Current and Former Activision Blizzard Workers Form Antidiscrimination Committee

Fresh off Raven Software’s QA department officially unionizing, a group of 12 Activision Blizzard employees has formed an internal antidiscrimination committee called the Worker Committee Against Sex and Gender Discrimination. The committee is made up of current and former workers at the publisher and its subsidiaries, and has submitted a…

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Lawyer Alleges California Governor Meddled in Activision-Blizzard Case in Resignation

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Activision’s Raven QA Workers Vote to Unionize

Raven Software’s quality assurance team, a core part of the studio that contributes heavily to the Call of Duty series and specifically Warzone, has voted 19-3 in favor of unionizing. This is the next and most dramatic step in an ongoing saga that started with layoffs last year. While not the…

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Activision Clarifies Diversity Tool Not Used In “Active Game Development” After Explaining Use

Activision-Blizzard-King has updated its bizarre blog post outlining a tool that distills popular characters down to a series of  ‘diverse’ metrics on a spider chart. Prior to yesterday’s update, the King blog claimed Blizzard’s Overwatch 2 team “had a chance to experiment with the tool.” That’s gone now, as it…

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Activision Inexplicably Introduces Tool to Rate Character Diversity Metrics

I don’t know if you have heard, but corporate oligarch Activision-Blizzard-King has an image problem when it comes to marginalized groups. Whether it’s about the decidedly cartoon villain-like actions of CEO Bobby Kotick, the labor lawsuit from California that seems to even involve the Governor acting improperly on the company’s…

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Report: Meta Executive Meddled to Block Daily Mail Stories About Activision CEO Bobby Kotick

It is probably very difficult to be uber-wealthy and not constantly be in the news, but it’s probably a lot easier to do so for not-terrible reasons than Activision-Blizzard-King CEO Bobby Kotick is making it seem. According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, Kotick once again is…

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Lawyer Alleges California Governor Meddled in Activision-Blizzard Case in Resignation

The fuckery around the ongoing legal troubles over at Activision-Blizzard continues, as Bloomberg reports the lawyer assigned to the case has resigned after alleging the California governor’s office has been interfering by terminating Chief Counsel Jannette Wipper. According to Bloomberg’s report, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing Assistant Chief…

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Lawyer Alleges California Governor Meddled in Activision-Blizzard Case in Resignation

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Activision-Blizzard to Promote US-Based QA Workers to Full-Time Staff Following Strike, Union Efforts [UPDATE]

Activision-Blizzard is converting all of its contract QA workers into full-time employees with rates starting at $20 per hour. Josh Taub, the chief operating officer of Activision Publishing, sent an email to employees announcing these plans and confirmed those who receive this promotion will be eligible for bonuses and full…

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Activision-Blizzard to Promote US-Based QA Workers to Full-Time Staff Following Strike, Unionization

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Activision-Blizzard Lifts Vaccine Mandate Ahead of Return to Office [UPDATE]

Activision-Blizzard apparently thinks the pandemic is over and is lifting its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its American employees. All while the company at large is looking to return its operations to its offices after working from home during the pandemic. News of this trickled out on social media yesterday, as…

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Activision-Blizzard Lifts Vaccine Mandate Ahead of Return to Office

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Activision-Blizzard Reaches $18 Million Settlement in EEOC Lawsuit

A new development has been reached in one of the Activision-Blizzard lawsuits for its “frat boy” workplace culture, as a judge has approved the $18 million settlement between the company and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The decision was reached yesterday, March 29, by U.S. District Judge Dale…

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Activision-Blizzard Reaches $18 Million Settlement in EEOC Lawsuit

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Activision-Blizzard Faces Another Lawsuit Regarding Sexism and Discrimination Within the Company

Activision-Blizzard is facing yet another lawsuit regarding the treatment of workers within the company, alleging “rampant sexism” within the publisher and its studios. Bloomberg Law reports the suit has been filed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of a female employee called “Jane Doe” in the document.…

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Activision-Blizzard Faces Another Lawsuit Regarding Sexism and Discrimination Within Company

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Family Suing Activision-Blizzard For Wrongful Death After Employee Suicide

Content warning: the following contains mentions of suicide and sexual harassment. A family of an Activision employee who died by suicide is suing the company, claiming her death followed sexual harassment from a director she worked with as a finance manager. The Washington Post has seen the complaint and reports…

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Activision-Blizzard Argues its Consistent Failures are Better than Unions

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Microsoft Confirms Multiplatform Call of Duty Continues, Iffy on Anything Else

Microsoft’s Activision-Blizzard acquisition is still in its early stages, but the company has released a statement regarding the company’s exclusivity in a post on the Microsoft blog. There had already been word that Microsoft wouldn’t interfere with any established deals on games like Call of Duty, but it seems the Xbox…

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Microsoft Confirms Multiplatform Call of Duty Continues, Iffy on Anything Else

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Blizzard Announces a New Survival Game That They’re For Some Reason Still Calling Unannounced

Kind of out of nowhere, Blizzard Entertainment today tweeted an announcement of a new survival game set in a brand new Blizzard universe, which they are still inexplicably calling Unannounced Survival Game. It turns out that in addition to not following work place sexual harassment guidelines, Blizzard also doesn’t know…

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Microsoft to Acquire Activision-Blizzard Amidst Ongoing Workplace Culture Scandal [UPDATE]

In the midst of Activision-Blizzard’s ongoing legal trouble following a California lawsuit for harassment and discrimination in its workplace culture, Microsoft is buying the Call of Duty publisher for $68.7 billion. The acquisition news comes from a post on the Xbox Wire, where Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that, until…

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