Last week we were presented with a ActivisionBlizzard as we know lately, embroiled in unfair labor practice charges. In this case, they attacked workers QA on strike from Raven Software, after being fired by the company. Now it looks like they’ve thought better of it, as Activision Blizzard has decided to negotiate a contract for 27 workers.
It all started with a complaint to Activision Blizzard by Communications Workers of America, a union with more than 700,000 members. This was due to the unfair labor practices applied to the team of quality control from Raven Software, makers of Call of Duty: Warzone. Among the groups that supported the motion was the Game Workers Alliance (CWA), made up of no less than the workers of Raven Software.
Game Workers Alliance is the first union dedicated to the video game industry
The world of work video games didn’t have any specialized union in them since practically their beginnings. To do this, it was necessary to help other larger unions, which in turn included larger groups of workers. However, at the start of 2022the first union specializing in video games is created, led by employees made redundant by Blizzard.
It is above all an organization to fight against the injustices that sometimes occur in the world of video games. This is a special case, that of Activision Blizzard with the dismissal and subsequent opposition to the workers’ strike. However, through their unity and struggle in the face of circumstances, they managed to Gain this time at Activision Blizzard.
On the one hand, they managed to get themselves recognized by Blizzard as a syndicate made up of a 34 workers in total. On the other hand, Bobby Kotick himself has said that he will start talks with the representatives to finalize the contract for 27 workers.
Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, will negotiate the contract of 27 workers
According to a letter to Blizzard, which was publicly disclosed on the Investor Relations site on Friday, Bobby mentioned that the lease would indeed be negotiated. In his own words, the elections will take place first and after them, a good faith conversation to sign a collective agreement.
“While initial employment contracts may take some time, we will meet with CWA leaders at the bargaining table and work toward an agreement that supports the success of all of our employees, that further strengthens our commitment creating the best, friendliest and most inclusive workplace in the industryand improve our ability to deliver world-class games to our players.”
This all might sound like great news, but we’re talking about Activision Blizzard and Bobby Kotick, a combination that isn’t exactly popular in the industry. In recent years, an impressive number of accusations and abusewhich aggravated the reputation of the business to a large extent.
Also, in this specific case, Activision was shown with a anti-union stance until relatively recently. Hopefully that will change, so no one else loses out, especially Activision itself. Additionally, Raven Software has the support of microsoft and Phil Spencer, once the companies merged into 2023.