Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Activision Blizzard Workers Alliance reacts to Xbox acquisition

Domino continues to fall after today’s bomb news when Xbox announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. This not only allows Xbox to control mega franchises such as Call of Duty, Warcraft, and Overwatch, but also puts Microsoft responsible for managing ongoing scandals at Activision Blizzard.

Following the announcement, the ABK Workers Alliance, consisting of Activision Blizzard and King employees, demanded better working conditions after months of scandals. Issue a statement Regarding the acquisition, the Group’s goals have not changed in light of the change in ownership.

“The news of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision is amazing, but it doesn’t change the goals of the ABK Workers Alliance,” the Alliance said in a Twitter thread.

“We will continue to fight for workplace improvement and employee rights, regardless of who manages the company financially. We work with allies throughout the gaming industry to do that. We will continue to drive measurable changes in the industry that is in desperate need .. We called for the removal of Bobby Kotick as CEO in November to protect abusers, but he wrote this article. I’m still the CEO at the time of writing. “

Currently, Kotick’s future at Activision Blizzard remains unconfirmed, but sources say Kotick will resign when the deal is closed. The transaction is currently scheduled to close by the end of June 2023, so please be patient.

Currently, the ABK Workers Alliance is in the midst of a five-week Raven QA strike. The Workers’ Alliance has stated that the leadership has not yet responded to the request for negotiations.

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Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant..