Thu. May 26th, 2022

The staff at Activision Blizzard, who have been on strike since the end of last year, have now ended their protests.

Raven Software employees – one of the teams behind Call Of Duty The Quality Assurance Department (QA) went on strike in December following mass layoffs from management. After more than a month and news that the staff would be unionized, it has been announced that the strike is over.

“Awaiting the recognition of our union,” it began ABK Workers Alliance, “The Raven QA strike has ended. Unused strike funds are being stored for future organization / strike action.”

Call of Duty Vanguard
Call of Duty: Vanguard. Credit: Activision

The group has asked to be recognized under its new union, the Game Workers Alliance (GWA), and is currently awaiting a response from management. “Either positive or negative,” ABK added, “we act in good faith and ask for good faith.”

This does not mean the end of the action from ABK and GWA, as the group, despite Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard, will continue its work. “The news of Activision’s acquisition of Microsoft is surprising, but does not change the goals of the ABK Workers Alliance.

“We remain committed to fighting for improvements in the workplace and the rights of our employees, regardless of who has financial control over the company,” the statement continued. “Three out of four of our original collective demands to improve the conditions of women in our workforce have not been met.”

NME has contacted the Game Workers Alliance for a statement and update on what comes after the strike. We will update the story accordingly if we get an answer.

In other news, a Dark Souls 3 hack can affect the future Elden Ring if Bandai Namco does not implement a timely fix. While no bad actors seem to have used the exploit yet, it may just be a matter of time before they do.

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