Microsoft enters agreement to respect Activision Blizzard unionization
Microsoft said Monday it would respect the rights of Activision Blizzard workers to join a union, and would enter into a so-called labor neutrality agreement with major media union Communications Workers of America.washingtonpost.com
Ex-‘World of Warcraft’ developers unveil game in deal with Twitch stars
Former "World of Warcraft" developers announce fantasy role-playing game inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien and "Warcraft" featuring mages and warriors. Popular Twitch streamers, including Zack “Asmongold” and Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo, will get to playtest.washingtonpost.com
NLRB ruling gives green light to Raven Software union vote
Placeholder while article actions loadIn a Friday decision, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that a group of 21 quality assurance workers at Raven Software are eligible to participate in a union election. In late January, those workers filed a petition with the NLRB for a union election after parent company Activision Blizzard missed a deadline set by the group to voluntarily recognize their nascent union, named the Game Workers Alliance. “While we respect the NLRB process, we are disappointed that a decision that could significantly impact the future of our entire studio will be made by fewer than 10 percent of our employees,” wrote Activision Blizzard spokesperson Rich George in a statement to The Post. “We believe a direct relationship with team members is the best path to achieving individual and company goals. We are reviewing legal options regarding a potential appeal.”washingtonpost.com
Fortnite maker CEO won't cut ties with players for pro-Hong Kong views
(CNN) - Fortnite maker Epic Games said it would allow its esports players to express political beliefs in support of Hong Kong democracy protesters, despite its partial ownership by Chinese tech giant Tencent. Responding to Twitter users Wednesday, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said if a famous Twitch streamer like Tfue or Ninja hypothetically shouted "Free Hong Kong," there would be no repercussions from Epic. "China players of Fortnite are free to criticize the US or criticize Epic just as equally as all others." Its rival Activision Blizzard received flak from gamers around the world after it disqualified and banned a "Hearthstone" player for shouting a popular Hong Kong protest slogan. On Tuesday, Blizzard said player Ng "Blitzchung" Wai Chung violated competition rules when he shouted "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" during a livestreamed post-match interview.
'World of Warcraft Classic' draws on gaming nostalgia
"World of Warcraft" is losing players, and the players that have stuck with the video game are aging. SANTA MONICA, Calif. - "World of Warcraft" is losing players, and the players that have stuck with the video game are aging. The company launched "World of Warcraft Classic" Monday, a nostalgic version of the multiplayer online roleplaying game, in which players can adventure as orcs and elves, among other characters. "World of Warcraft Classic" returns things to the way they were when the game first launched in 2004. The company said interest in "World of Warcraft Classic" was so strong that it overwhelmed Blizzard's servers.