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Raven Software’s QA testers, Activision-owned studios, announced today that they have formed a union. The union, known as the Game Workers Alliance, comprises 80% of Raven’s QA department. They are requesting recognition from Activision Blizzard.
The Raven QA team formed the Game Workers Alliance with the American Communication Workers. Its principles include better transparency, improved returns and more sustainable working conditions. According to Raven, this will be the first group of employees to form a union at Activision Blizzard, and it will be one of the first unions in the AAA games industry.
Raven’s QA lead Brent Riley said in a statement: “We have formed the Game Workers Alliance (CWA) because my colleagues and I want to hear our voices and we want to see changes that reflect the wishes and needs of both the gaming community. . And the workers who make these wonderful products. It’s very important that workers have a real seat at the table to shape the company going forward. “
Raven workers have been on strike for weeks
Activis released several Raven software QA testers last month. According to the report, he had earlier promised to give the QA team a more favorable pay structure. Shortly afterwards, some workers were fired, although some were recently transferred to positions. Other Raven software workers went on strike and went on strike until January. At the time of writing, Activision has not retained 12 QA examiners.
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“Our union will help determine what is best for Activision Blizzard as a company, as a platform for gamers and a workplace where all workers can thrive,” said Erin Hole, QA functional tester at Raven, in a statement. The goal of the Game Workers Alliance (CWA) is to represent what we want as workers in the industry and to set a new standard for workers across the industry to move forward. “
Microsoft announced this month that it was buying Activision Blizzard for $ 68.7 billion. Raven has worked primarily on Call of Duty games over the last few years, with the biggest game being Call of Duty Warzone.
A spokesman for Activision told GamesBeat: “Activision Blizzard is carefully reviewing the request for voluntary recognition from the CWA, which seeks to employ about three dozen of the company’s 10,000 employees. While we believe that the direct relationship between the company and its team members provides the strongest workforce opportunities, we deeply respect the right of all employees to make their own decisions about whether or not to join the union under the law. “
Yesterday, GDC released its State of the Industry Survey. In the results, industry temperatures were taken in terms of federalization in the survey. According to the survey, 55% of sports industry workers should unionize, but only 18% said they really believe unionization will succeed.
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