Unannounced Survival Game – Episode 344

In this episode, I brought you news about Raven Studios unionizing efforts (and Activision’s attempts to squash it). Some Activision Blizzard King workers are concerned about how the acquisition will affect them. I also talked about the “Unannounced Survival Game”, news related to Diablo II: Resurrected PTR, and content from the Diablo community.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • @ABetterABK tweeted that the Raven QA strike had ended
  • Game Development posted an article titled: “Activision Blizzard vets launch community-centric publisher New Tales
  • GameSpot posted an article titled: “Read Bobby Kotick’s Letter To Staff About The Microsoft Buyout”
  • Bloomberg posted an article titled: “Activision CEO Tries To Take A Victory Lap”
  • The Verge posted an article titled: “Read Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s email to employees about the Microsoft acquisition”.
  • The New York Times posted an article titled: “Workers at Activision game studio say they are forming a union”
  • Inverse posted an article titled: “Activision Employees on Microsoft Deal: ‘We’re Gonna Be Lost In The Shuffle”.
  • The Washington Post posted an article titled: “Raven Software union moves to vote absent Activision Blizzard recognition”
  • @CODE-CWA tweeted a thread that condemns Activision Blizzard for what sounds like union busting actions
  • Kotaku posted an article titled: “Call of Duty Maker Reveals Plan To Squash Union Effort”
  • @WeAreGWA tweeted a thread makes it clear that they are going forward with their union anyway
  • @WeAreGWA tweeted: “Today, Game Workers Alliance has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board.”
  • Polygon posted an article titled: “Activision Blizzard to reorganize Raven QA workers amid union efforts”
  • @ABetterABK tweeted that they have a Wikipedia page now
  • Blizzard announced “Unannounced Survival Game”
  • Blizzard seeks a Producer for “Unannounced Survival Game”
  • Blizzard posted more jobs for “Unannounced Survival Game”
  • Blizzard seeks an “Influencer Relationship Manager” – Global Publishing, Diablo
  • The Darkening of Tristram ends January 31 at 4PM PST
  • @Diablo tweeted: “Many ancient tomes were studied to resurrect Evil…” (regarding the making of Diablo II: Resurrected)
  • Diablo II: Resurrected Patch 2.4 Balance PTR has had some updates
  • Hooley (Community Manager) made a forum post titled: “Diablo II: Resurrected | 1.25 – PTR Character Pre-Mades & Known Issues”
  • @MVestiige posted a photo of the Diablo Bust
  • @khamuslestat (Senior UI Artist Diablo IV) posted photos of his designs for the Diablo IV team
  • BigDaddyDen posted a YouTube video titled: “S25 Witch Doctor Spirit Barrage GR Solo Push Build 2.7.2 Mundunugu’s Regalia Diablo 3 Season 25”
  • @benkenobi2020 posted “A #Xbox celebration banner for anyone to use #ActivisionBlizzard”
  • @CinderysCosplay posted a photo of her cosplay of Diablo

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