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Union pressure forces Activision-Blizzard to share details of workers’ union rights

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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has filed unfair labor practice charges against Activision-Blizzard multiple times, but at least three of those ongoing ULPs...

Activision-Blizzard offers (some) hard numbers on its harassment and discrimination problem

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Within the Variety puff piece on Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick earlier this week, Kotick insisted that the volumes of harassment accusations against the company...
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Former World of Warcraft dev claims he was fired over greedy goblin text lines

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So good old Bobby Kotick's interview yesterday made him look really great, if we're using very inaccurate definitions of the words "great" and also...

Bobby Kotick decries ‘aggressive labor movement’ trying to ‘destabilize’ Activision-Blizzard

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We're just a few days from the launch of Diablo IV, so naturally Variety has offered up a mushy interview with... Activision-Blizzard's Bobby Kotick,...

Blizzard devs lament talent bleed and Diablo IV support capacity following return-to-office mandate

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Last month, we reported on a producer for World of Warcraft who expressed his frustration about seeing developers leave Blizzard, saying the team has...
We have Au Ra at home.

Lawful Neutral: What if Activision-Blizzard just… sold Blizzard?

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Last week, Activision-Blizzard and Bobby Kotick got a bad surprise: The UK moved to block the acquisition of ABK by Microsoft, citing concerns over...

Activision-Blizzard Q1 2023: ABK revenues are up as Blizzard MAUs fall back down to reality

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Activision blinked: Activision-Blizzard wasn't supposed to release its Q1 2023 financials until tomorrow after the bell, but it's just done it this morning out of...
Let's dig our way out!

NetEase is suing Blizzard for 300M CN¥ over licensing agreements [Updated]

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We've updated this story at the end as NetEase's name has been removed from the lawsuit. The original article follows. If you thought the NetEase...

Diablo IV notes 29B monsters slain and 61M hours played during the open beta test

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This past weekend was a very obviously busy one for Diablo IV considering it was running an open beta test. That said, those who...
Same old story.

Activision-Blizzard and NetEase’s breakup was caused by long-brewing disputes and alleged threats

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One of the biggest MMO and gaming stories capping off the end of 2022 and spilling over into the start of 2023 was the...

Japan drops Microsoft/Activision-Blizzard antitrust probe as lawmakers scrutinize Japanese gaming market

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Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick released a memo to his staff (and everyone else in the entire world) on the ABK Substack (which exists) last...
Not a great sign.

Activision-Blizzard’s diversity and inclusion goals are out of sync with its corporate action

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Activision-Blizzard has released a full-year review of its diversity, equity, and inclusion stats for 2022 this week, and the first thing readers will notice...
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....

Hearthstone strikes up the band and readies concert goodness in April’s Festival of Legends expansion

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What happens when you mix a battle of the bands with a digital CCG? We're all going to find out when Hearthstone releases its...

Diablo IV adds additional details regarding PC specs, early download timing, and beta content

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As the beta tests for Diablo IV loom large, Blizzard has made yet another update to its initial beta announcement to share additional details...

CWA files charges against Activision-Blizzard over latest unionbusting efforts

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Activision-Blizzard's unionbusting reputation precedes it, I'm afraid, as the company has been playing a very public whackamole game with its burgeoning workers' movements over...

Diablo IV discusses the focus, timing, and extra details of its upcoming March beta tests

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We already know that the month of March means two beta tests for Diablo IV, but before those test phases can begin, the devs...

Microsoft and Nintendo ink deal to put Call of Duty on Nintendo consoles for the next decade

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Well here's another nudge from Microsoft in its efforts to buy up Activision-Blizzard: As international regulators debate the merger, Microsoft inked a deal with...

Activision-Blizzard is stuck with Bobby Kotick if the FTC blocks Microsoft’s takeover

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We noted last week that a lot of gamers who traditionally distrust the increasingly oligopolistic gaming market situation were still hoping to see Microsoft...
Popcorn appropriately.

Sony argues Microsoft’s doc request in FTC lawsuit is tantamount to harassment

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The legal claws are coming out between Microsoft and Sony, apparently. Legal filings placed by both companies that involve Sony trying to fight Microsoft's...

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