Union – Episode 338

In this episode, I review everything happening in regards to the unionizing efforts at Activision Blizzard. In short, when a company starts trying scare tactics in order to prevent its workers from unionizing – it shows the company is afraid. I hope the workers get their union as soon as possible.

I also talked about patch notes for Diablo II: Resurrected, and pointed you towards creativity from the Diablo community.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • @ABetterABK tweeted about the #WeAreRaven walkout.
  • Rock Paper Shotgun posted an article titled: “More Activision Blizzard QA staff are walking out in second day of protest.
  • The Washington Post posted an article titled: “At Least 200 Activision Blizzard workers join walkout in protest of layoffs”
  • Attorney Lisa Bloom held press conference in front of Blizzard’s headquarters.
  • The Orange County Register posted an article titled: “Blizzard employee recounts sexual harassment, demotion at Irvine game publisher”
  • Attorney Lisa Bloom posted a video of the press conference on Instagram.
  • @ABetterABK tweeted a thread clarifying what happened to members of Raven QA and a demand for changes.
  • PC Gamer posted an article titled: “Activision Blizzard employees announce formal strike, launch fundraiser to support work stoppage”.
  • The Washington Post posted an article titled: “Activision Blizzard tells employees it can improve culture without a union”.
  • Axios posted an article titled: “Organizers slam Activision Blizzard for “union busting”.
  • Wowhead posted an article titled: “Call of Duty Devs Walkout After Surprise Layoffs at Activision Blizzard’s Raven Software”.
  • @CODE_CWA tweeted a thread regarding Activision Blizzard choosing to use anti-union talking points.
  • NPR posted an article titled: “Embattled Activision Blizzard employees: ‘consider the consequences’ of unionizing”
  • @BlizzJess posted a screenshot of an internal memo from Brian Bulatao in which he tries to scare workers away from joining a union.
  • Bloomberg Law posted an article titled: “Activision Avoids California Bid to Intervene in Settlement (1)”.
  • @_TechJess (formerly @BlizzJess) posted a screenshot of a message from Julie Hodges to managers.
  • The Gamer posted an article titled: “A Message From Activision To Employees If Activision Was Honest”. (Satire)
  • Kotaku posted an article titled: “Activision Exec To Organizing Workers: Pwease Don’t Unionize”.
  • @_TechJess tweeted that she has separated from the GoFundMe.
  • @BrendanSinclair tweeted about Activision Blizzard 2021 Representation Report erasing non-binary people.
  • Activision Blizzard posted a 2021 Representation Data report. It mentions non-binary people, but does not include them in the actual statistics.
  • @ABetterUbisoft tweeted about developers in Ubisoft in France creating a virtual ‘union’ called “Ubifree”.
  • Blizzard has a job opening for a technical artist for unannounced project in Irvine.
  • Blizzard has a job opening for a Senior Manager, Editorial, Global Communications.
  • Polygon posted an article “North America has its first video game union at Vodeo Games”
  • @vodeoworkers tweeted an announcement that they have formed Vodeo Workers United with @CODE_CWA.
  • @Diablo tweeted: “Prepare For Hell’s Gifts”.
  • Bluddshed posted a YouTube video titled: “Easy Puzzle Rings | Easy Gems Season 25 Guide Diablo 3 Patch Build 2.7.2 Reaper of Souls”.
  • BigDaddyDen posted a YouTube video titled: “Diablo 3 WD S25 Arachyr Corpse Spiders Gr Solo Build 2.7.2”
  • Maxroll has a Season 25 Solo Tier List.
  • Zenkiki posted a YouTube video titled: “Diablo 3 Season 25 Guide – Pets & Portraits!”
  • @Diablo tweeted: “Show us your #DiabloFanArt”. There is a long thread of amazing art.
  • @Diablo tweeted: a Christmas card that says “Jingle All The Slay”
  • @Diablo tweeted a short GIF where a Necromancer summons… a Christmas gift.
  • @Diablo tweeted a view of a Diablo II: Resurrected stash and asked “Am I doing this right?”
  • @Diablo tweeted a Christmas card that says “Season’s Bleedings” and includes a demonic looking Barbarian.
  • Blizzard posted “Diablo II: Resurrected Patch 2.4 Highlights | Coming Soon”.
  • Maxroll posted “Patch 2.4 Highlights”.
  • Carbot Animations posted a YouTube video titled: “Assassin Skill Changes Diablo 2 |IdBeCoolif”
  • r/Diablo posted “Everything We Know About Diablo 4 So Far”.

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