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Activision-Blizzard lays off more support staff, this time in the Asia-Pacific region

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(This piece has been updated with Blizzard's confirmation and an updated headcount of those affected.) UK publication MCV/Develop is reporting today that the global redundancies...

Unions in Europe call on Blizzard employees in France to strike against the closure of the Versailles office

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Last week we had reported the unfortunate news that Blizzard would be shutting down an office in Versailles, France, displacing 285 employees who handled...
But no badger.

Activision-Blizzard is reportedly shuttering its Versailles, France, office

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Activision-Blizzard is apparently closing down one of its offices, specifically the one in Versailles, France. The news comes from Bloomberg, which this morning reported...
Everything hurts.

Blizzard staffers confirm ‘honor point system,’ further exposing the company’s wage disparities

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This week we've been following Bloomberg's reports on Blizzard employees' attempts to secure pay and equitable pay for the gaming industry. Early in the...
But no badger.

‘Our mentors are leaving in droves’: Blizzard staff are organizing to demand better compensation

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Yesterday, we covered Bloomberg's report on how Blizzard employees were circulating a spreadsheet of their wages and raises in an effort to determine whether...
Physicality.

Blizzard staffers agitate against poor worker pay as Activision-Blizzard rakes in billions

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Blizzard's labor practices have been under scrutiny over the last couple of years, propelled in large part due to mass-layoffs at the top of...

Activision-Blizzard shareholders say nay votes constitute ‘rebuke’ of company pay practices

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Earlier this month, we covered moves by Activision-Blizzard shareholders and long-term investor watchdogs to agitate voting against the company's "Say-on-Pay" policy. Critics argued that...

MMO Business Roundup: Paradox signs union agreement, shareholders slam Activision-Blizzard

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Welcome back to another quickie roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent gaming industry business news. Activision-Blizzard is under fire yet again for its corporate management, this...
So what WILL you take?

Blizzard dev says there’s no internal comms over Hong Kong fiasco: ‘It’s pulling our teams apart at the seams’

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Blizzard has yet to publicly respond to the widespread outrage over its decision to ban professional Hearthstone player Blitzchung following his statement of support for...

Mike Morhaime waxes nostalgic about the crunch of early Blizzard

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Do you miss Mike Morhaime? The former Blizzard president stepped off the main stage last fall as he handed the reins of the studio...
Plays well with others.

Rumor: More high-profile esports figures are leaving Blizzard within the next two weeks

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Remember just last week when the commissioner of Overwatch's premiere and eponymous league left his position? That alone was a bit of a surprise, but...

Blizzard bribes female employees to track their sex, pregnancy, and moods

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Big Brother was so 1984. Now in 2019, it's all about Big Blizzard. Read this report over at Games Industry based on a new WAPO...
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Two weeks after Activision Blizzard’s layoffs, its stock price is barely higher than before the layoffs

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You all remember when Activision Blizzard laid off 800 employees on a year that was, on balance, a very good year for the company?...

Video game unionization effort starts petition to remove Bobby Kotick from Activision-Blizzard

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After calling for Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to resign on Wednesday, video game industry unionization group Game Workers Unite has now put together a...

Blizzard devs characterize layoffs as a ‘bloodbath’ as pro-unionization effort calls for Bobby Kotick’s resignation

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A day after Activision-Blizzard announced record earnings and began laying off a reported 800 people, we're finally getting a clearer picture of the full...
Now my stats are good!

Activision-Blizzard posted another record-high quarter and year, layoffs begin anyway

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Activision-Blizzard's financial reports have been rather dull affairs for MMO gamers over the last few years, ever since the company stopped reporting World of...
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Activision Blizzard expected to slash jobs after flat sales, loss of Destiny 2

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Storm clouds are gathering above Activision Blizzard, a portent of bad sales and dire predictions: The publisher is expected to cut "hundreds" of jobs this week...

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