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Activision Blizzard Worker Group Votes to Unionize in NLRB Election

The first worker group within video game giant Activision Blizzard to formally attempt to unionize has prevailed in a National Labor Relations Board election. Nineteen Quality Assurance (QA) testers at the Wisconsin-based Activision Blizzard subsidiary Raven Software voted in favor of the union in a Monday vote, while three members voted against the union. The desired […]

Union Files New Unfair Labor Practices Charge Against Activision Blizzard

As the Communications Workers of America continues to battle to establish its first union within Activision Blizzard, the labor giant has filed a new unfair labor practices charge against the company. The CWA, which is currently attempting to institute a union at company subsidiary Raven Software representing Quality Assurance workers, filed a complaint claiming that […]

Activision Blizzard First-Quarter Earnings Drop on Lower ‘Call of Duty’ Results, Microsoft Deal Costs

Activision Blizzard reported first-quarter revenue of $1.8 billion Monday, in line with Wall Street expectations, though below its first-quarter results of $2.3 billion from 2021.  The video game publisher recorded net bookings of $1.5 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, down from $2.1 billion in the same quarter of 2021. In-game net bookings […]

Activision Blizzard Fends Off Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit Over Sexual Harassment Disclosures

Facing legal battles on numerous fronts, Activision Blizzard has won a skirmish with a federal judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit from shareholders alleging the company lied to them by minimizing the impact of allegedly widespread sexual harassment and discrimination against female employees. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson on Tuesday found that the investors failed to […]

Activision Blizzard Cooperating With Regulators’ Asks About Alleged Insider Trading

Activision Blizzard is cooperating with a federal lawsuit and investigation into suspected insider trading that allegedly may have been facilitated by chief executive Bobby Kotick just days before the video game publisher was acquired by Microsoft, according to a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Activision Blizzard received a voluntary request for information from […]

Civil Rights Agency Lawyer Accuses Gavin Newsom of Interfering With Activision Lawsuit

A high-ranking attorney at California’s civil rights enforcement agency has resigned, accusing the governor’s office of meddling with a discrimination lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. Department of Fair Employment and Housing assistant chief counsel Melanie Proctor on Tuesday quit in protest of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s termination of chief counsel Janette Wipper in March, a lawyer representing […]

Activision Blizzard Hires Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

As the company continues to reckon with workplace culture controversies and lawsuits, Activision Blizzard has named Kristen Hines as its first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. Hines, a former Accenture executive that led that company’s DEI efforts, will begin at Activision Blizzard on April 25 and will report to the company’s chief people officer, […]

Amid Union Effort, Activision Blizzard Converts QA Workers to Full-Time Staff

Amid a unionization effort by Quality Assurance (QA) employees at a subsidiary, Activision Blizzard units Activision Publishing and Blizzard said on Thursday that they are converting all U.S.-based temporary and contingent QA workers to full-time employees. The change is being accompanied by a pay raise, with these workers’ minimum hourly rates rising to at least […]

Activision Blizzard Settles Federal Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Over Objection From California

A judge blessed a deal between Activision Blizzard and a federal agency that resolves one of numerous sexual harassment lawsuits the video game publisher faces, despite concerns that the agreement may undermine California’s pursuit of further damages in a separate case. The company, which awaits permission to be acquired by Microsoft in an deal that […]

Why Gaming Should Be a “Strategic Imperative” for Hollywood : A Q&A With Venture Capital Exec Peter Levin

Venture capital firm Griffin Gaming Partners has made a name for itself with investments focused on the global gaming space. Headquartered in Santa Monica, it has put money into the likes of mobile gaming firm Spyke Games, Indian social gaming app company WinZO, gamer messaging powerhouse Discord, Overwolf, a platform for creating, sharing and monetizing […]

Activision Shareholders Sue to Block $69B Sale to Microsoft

Activision shareholders are suing to block the video game company’s proposed $68.7 billion sale to Microsoft, alleging the deal will primarily benefit Activision insiders to the detriment of ordinary investors. According to a pair of lawsuits filed on Thursday in California and New York federal court, Activision’s disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing […]

Sony’s $3.6B Bungie Deal: Wall Street Unpacks Logic Amid Gaming M&A Wave

It’s only January, and yet a new week brought another major deal that shifts the landscape for the video game industry. With Sony Corp. unveiling a $3.6 billion deal on Monday to acquire Bungie, the game developer behind hits like the Halo and Destiny franchises, Wall Street observers have started putting the transaction into the […]