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Activision Blizzard says there was no “systematic harassment” at company, according to its own review
Activision Blizzard has shared results of its internal investigation, saying that there was no systematic harassment at the company. Its board has also concluded that the publisher’s executives never intentionally ignored instances of discrimination.
Activision Blizzard recognizes Raven QA testers’ union, pledges to begin “good faith negotiations”
A few weeks after a group of testers at Raven Software voted to form a union, it was officially recognized by Activision Blizzard. The company’s CEO Bobby Kotick has also promised to begin negotiations with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
Call of Duty franchise surpasses $30 billion in lifetime revenue, with its sales topping 425 million units
Following the presentation of Modern Warfare II, Activision Blizzard has shared some stats on the Call of Duty series. It’s been revealed that the franchise has surpassed $30 billion in lifetime revenue.
Call of Duty testers at Raven form first union at major US game company despite Activision’s pressure
Members of Raven Software’s QA team have voted to unionize following pressure from Activision Blizzard and a wave of layoffs. This will be the first official union formed at a US-listed game company.
“Content is king, and Microsoft is aware of this”: what Activision acquisition means for games industry
What does the $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard mean for the industry in the long term? Will Activision games become exclusive to Microsoft? How will Sony and Nintendo respond? Is the race on to conquer the Metaverse? Analyst Joost Rietveld is here to explain.
Phil Spencer on not virtue-shaming Activision Blizzard: “Xbox’s history is not spotless”
Xbox head Phil Spencer has opened up about the company’s relationship with Activision Blizzard amid the ongoing harassment scandal. While not going into a lot of detail, he noted that Xbox won’t publicly shame other publishers.
Chart of top-selling games at Christmas since 1984 shows sheer dominance of EA and Activision
GfK Entertainment senior client director Dorian Bloch has shared the data on the top-selling physical copies of video games in the UK during the Christmas holidays over the last 38 years. In a nutshell, Electronic Arts and Activision are the two undisputed leaders.
200 Activision Blizzard employees join walkout to protest layoffs of contract testers
Developers at different Activision Blizzard studios have joined a walkout in protest of the latest layoffs at Raven Software. They oppose the arbitrariness in the workplace and demand that all contract testers receive full-time positions.
Call of Duty: Warzone developers protest layoffs of contract testers who were promised promotions
Last week, Activision Blizzard laid off about a third of the Raven Software QA team, although they had been previously promised promotions. It resulted in a walkout organized by workers, who want all layoffs to be reversed.
6 state treasurers consider voting against reelection of Activision Blizzard board members
Activision Blizzard is now facing new financial pressure amid its ongoing harassment scandal. 6 treasurers from the states that own a stake in the company expressed their concerns, calling to vote against the reelection of the publisher’s board.
Doug Bowser claims Activision Blizzard internal issues run counter to Nintendo’s values
Activision Blizzard has faced criticism from another platform holder. Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser called the latest news in the harassment scandal distressing and claimed that Nintendo has already taken action.
Bobby Kotick to consider resigning if he can’t solve problems within Activision Blizzard with speed
Bobby Kotick has stated that he would consider stepping down from his role as Activision Blizzard’s CEO if he can’t quickly solve the ongoing workplace issues. The company stock, meanwhile, continues to decline in the wake of the latest events.
Phil Spencer reevaluating relationship with Activision while over 1300 employees petition to remove Bobby Kotick
Activision Blizzard continues to demand Bobby Kotick’s resignation as more than 1300 workers have already signed a petition. Xbox head Phil Spencer, meanwhile, expressed his concerns over the latest events, saying that Microsoft is now reevaluating its relationship with the controversial company.
PlayStation boss criticizes Activision Blizzard while company’s leadership continues to defend Kotick
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has slammed Activision Blizzard for not doing enough to properly address ongoing issues. The publisher’s leadership, on the other hand, still has a lot of faith in Bobby Kotick despite the latest accusations.
Jen Oneal was offered equal contract only after she tendered her resignation as Blizzard co-lead
It’s been revealed that Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra have been asking management for equal contracts to co-lead Blizzard. Oneal, however, was offered one only after she informed the company about her resignation.
Bobby Kotick’s accusations of covering up harassment lead to massive walkout and share price drop
According to the latest investigation by The Wall Street Journal, Bobby Kotick has been covering up harassment at the workplace for years and even threatened to kill an employee once. Although Activision Blizzard’s board of directors took his side, the company stock fell to the lowest close in over a year.
Activision apologizes for insensitive depiction of Quran in Call of Duty: Vanguard
Call of Duty: Vanguard players spotted an image of the Quran on one of the maps in a zombie mod. Its pages were lying on the floor splattered with blood. In the wake of the controversy, Activision vowed to remove this content from the game.