Updated · Nov 16, 2022
Activision Blizzard Employees Vote to Form First Union
Updated · May 24, 2022
The Monday vote represents a landmark event and the highest-profile organizing effort in the video gaming industry.
Game Workers Alliance
Employees in a division at Activision Blizzard voted emphatically on Monday to form its first union. The company is the video game giant behind wildly popular titles like Overwatch, Call of Duty, Candy Crush Saga, and World of Warcraft.
The employees forming the union consist of 28 quality assurance testers at one of Activision Blizzard’s subsidiaries, Raven Software. They agreed to join the Communication Workers of America (CWA), with 19 votes in favor and 3 against. US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) officials tallied the count.
The new union still has to reach a contract with Activision following negotiations.
“Our biggest hope is that our union serves as inspiration for the growing number of workers organizing at video game studios to create better games and build workplaces that reflect our values and empower all of us,” the employees said in a statement.
“We look forward to working with management to positively shape our working conditions and the future of Activision Blizzard through a strong union contract.”
According to the CWA, if Microsoft’s proposed mega-deal to buy Activision Blizzard goes through, there will be no need to re-certify the vote. That acquisition is still some way from closing due to regulatory roadblocks. However, it took a positive step in that direction last month when shareholders approved the takeover.
“We respect and believe in the right of all employees to decide whether or not to support or vote for a union,” said a spokesperson for Activision. However, they emphasized that a decision covering Raven Software’s estimated 350 workers “should not be made by 19 Raven employees.”
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