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MMO Business Roundup: Krafton likes AI, Call of Duty moderation, and German lockbox regulation push

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. We've got a lot to cover, so let's dive right in. Krafton pushes AI...
Among all the many, many ways you are terrible.

QA employees accuse Activision-Blizzard of a ‘soft layoff’ after studios mandate a return to offices in January

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Activision-Blizzard is once again electing to mistreat its QA employees according to a statement from the A Better ABK proto-union, which accuses the company...
Look, ma, no colors!

Vague Patch Notes: Can anyone really cover games objectively when there’s suffering built-in to them?

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In July of 2021, we started a roundup tag in our tag cloud that most of us probably didn't expect to still be using...
Among all the many, many ways you are terrible.

A Better ABK calls out Blizzard’s end of remote work as ‘wholly unnecessary’ and another union busting tactic

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Back in February, Blizzard held a meeting that, among other things, confirmed a mandated return to office work and an end of remote work....

Workers call out Activision-Blizzard management as it reaches $35M settlement with SEC

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A Better ABK, the proto-union workers group that supports the developers at Activision-Blizzard, has once more thrown a spotlight on management malfeasance, sharing its...

Activision-Blizzard Q2 2022: More revenue dips for WoW, ABK, and Blizzard in spite of Diablo Immortal

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Welcome back to our regular coverage of Activision-Blizzard's quarterly financials. As of this afternoon, we have Q2's results, comprising April, May, and June 2022; let's...
The right time to do this was two decades ago.

Activision-Blizzard workers on Board’s exoneration of execs: ‘The fish rots from the head’

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Remember last year when Riot Games formed a "special committee" to investigate the sexual harassment accusations against its CEO and then amazingly cleared him...
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Activision-Blizzard Q1 2022: Revenues plummet, Blizzard loses another 2M players

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Welcome back to our regular coverage of Activision-Blizzard's quarterly financials. As of this morning, we have Q1's results, comprising January, February, and March 2022, a...
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Activision-Blizzard promotes over a thousand QA testers and bumps their pay – but not the ones unionizing

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Last night, Activision-Blizzard announced that it is converting 1100 quality assurance testers from contract work to full-time with pay starting at a minimum of...
It's fine.

Activision-Blizzard employees stage a digital demonstration over COVID vaccine mandate row

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Yesterday saw workers at Activision-Blizzard plan to stage another walkout demonstration over the studio's COVID policies, but bad weather and employees falling ill apparently...
Popcorn appropriately.

Activision-Blizzard reverses plan to lift in-office vaccine reqs after employee walkout threat

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Activision-Blizzard continues to be put on notice by the proto-union A Better ABK and the workers of the studio. The latest incident revolves around...

Activision-Blizzard Q4 2021: Blizzard lost another 2M monthly actives as ABK revenue holds steady

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Welcome back to our regular coverage of Activision-Blizzard's quarterly financials. As readers are aware, the company, its leadership, and its games have been the...
Same old story.

Activision-Blizzard submits useless Microsoft buyout FAQ for employees

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We sure hope you're not tired of hearing about Activision-Blizzard and its labor messes, discrimination and harassment scandal, and pending sale to Microsoft -...
YAAAAAAGH

Acti-Blizz buyout, day two: Labor, stock, Kotick, and the reasons behind the sale

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The news has been flying fast and furious over the last 24 hours since Microsoft announced it was buying Activision-Blizzard for just under $70B....
It's fine.

Activision-Blizzard execs attempt to ward off incipient workers union

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With Activision-Blizzard workers organizing, striking, fundraising, and working toward unionization and ATVI stock falling 40% following what has now been five months of scandal...

Activision-Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick hit with new accusations, Jen Oneal speaks up, employees walk out

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Oh my sweet summer child, you thought Activision-Blizzard might make it a whole week without another story in its ongoing sexual discrimination and harassment...

Activision-Blizzard partly meets some worker demands, dramatically cuts Bobby Kotick’s compensation

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At 5:15 a.m. EDT this morning, Activision-Blizzard's PR team dropped a lengthy letter from CEO Bobby Kotick, addressing everything from the ongoing pandemic to...

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