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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.
Creator of browser game Warzone countersues Activision over Warzone trademark
Warzone.com, the developer of 2017 web-based strategy Warzone, has countersued Activision. Back in April 2021, the publisher filed a complaint with Los Angeles federal court seeking to dismiss the developer’s claims that Activision’s Call of Duty: Warzone infringes Warzone.com’s trademark rights. The developer’s recent filing with the US District Court for the Central District of California asks the court not to dismiss the case.
CWA urges SEC and DFEH to hold Activision Blizzard accountable: “$18M is a slap in the face for workers”
CWA’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees has issued a statement on the settlement Activision Blizzard made with the EEOC. The organization said that establishing an $18 million fund for the company like this is a “slap in the face for workers.”
Activision Blizzard creates $18 million fund to compensate employees claiming harassment damages
Activision Blizzard has reached a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which filed a lawsuit against the publisher over harassment and discrimination. The company will pay $18 million to make amends with employees who have experienced unequal treatment of any kind.
SEC launches investigation into Activision Blizzard, subpoenas Bobby Kotick
Activision Blizzard is now facing another investigation in the wake of the ongoing scandal. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has subpoenaed the company, including its CEO Bobby Kotick, to find how the publisher handled the allegations of discrimination and harassment.
Activision restores its logo in Call of Duty marketing after previously omitting it
Activision rolled out a reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer mode, which proudly sports the publisher’s logo in the trailer’s end slate. That’s unlike last month’s debut trailer for the title, which ran with the slate “Call of Duty presents” while noticeably omitting any Activision branding.
Call of Duty: Vanguard trailer omits Activision branding. Publisher cites creative reasons
Last week, Activision debuted Call of Duty: Vanguard with a trailer that for the first time in the series’ history ran with the slate “Call of Duty presents.” No mention of Activision. Nor did the video feature the publisher’s logo. The only reference to Activision is made in tiny print in the legally required copyright part at the very end of the video. Could it be that that the company is trying to disassociate its…
Employees are leaving Toys For Bob after Activision moved studio to support Call of Duty Warzone
It seems that Toys For Bob, owned by Activision and known for creating Crash Bandicoot 4, is now suffering layoffs. It happened after the studio was moved to support the development of Call of Duty Warzone.