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Activision Blizzard has acknowledged this and is entering into negotiations with Communications Workers of America. The company wants to negotiate “about the conclusion of a collective agreement”.
The union was formed recently following a vote by Raven’s QA team. It started last year when some members of the team were let go despite the team working on the popular title Call of Duty: Warzone. Activision was allegedly involved in anti-union activities behind the scenes, including directly asking employees to vote “no” to the union.
CEO Bobby Kotick said in an email to employees, “While initial employment contracts may take time to be finalized, we will meet CWA leaders at the negotiating table and work towards an agreement that supports the success of all of our employees and our commitment continues to strengthen to create the best, most welcoming and inclusive workplace in the industry, and improves our ability to deliver world-class games for our players.”
Microsoft is currently in the process of acquiring Activision Blizzard for $69 million. President and Vice-Chairman Brad Smith said in a blog post: “We recognize that employees have the legal right to choose whether to form or join a union. We respect this right and do not believe that our employees or the company’s other stakeholders will benefit by opposing employees’ lawful efforts to engage in protected activities, including forming or joining a union.”
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