Another Acquisition – Episode 345

In this episode, I talked about the FTC reviewing the Microsoft acquisition, things related to unionization efforts, how to support the labor movement in games, and Game Workers Alliance. In addition, I talked about Bungie joining Playstation, GameStop getting into NFTs, and plenty of interesting news from not only Diablo games, but also other games made by Blizzard.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • VP of QA at Activision posted anti-unionization message in a Slack channel
  • Polygon posted an article titled: “Microsoft’s Acquisition of Activision Blizzard will be reviewed by FTC”
  • CWA asks SEC to investigate Activision Blizzard over “inaccurate and misleading disclosures” and merger with Microsoft.
  • GWSA posted a link to a Medium article titled: “A Player’s Guide to Supporting the Labor Movement in Games”
  • Protocol posted an article titled: “Gaming companies never unionize. Call of Duty developers decided to anyway.”
  • Playstation announced “Bungie is Joining PlayStation”.
  • Bungie announced “Bungie Joins Sony Interactive Entertainment”
  • ArsTechnica posted an article titled:”A wacky, $3.6 billion end to gaming-acquisition January: Sony buys Bungie”
  • Discord announced the ability to link your PlayStation Network account on Discord
  • Forbes posted an article titled: “GameStop’s $100 Million NFT Marketplace Is Going to Go Poorly”
  • @Diablo tweeted some interesting information about how Barbarian sprites were used in Diablo II
  • @PezRadar (Global Community Development Lead – Diablo) posted a link to a Diablo Community Manager job
  • @Xtimus posted a YouTube video titled “Diablo II Budget Zeal Complete Build Guide 2.4 PTR”
  • Maxroll has a guide titled “Soul Shards Explained”
  • Kaivax (Community Manger, World of Warcraft) posted a warning to those who offer boosting, matchmaking, escrow or “other non-traditional services”
  • Ion Hazzikostas (Game Director, World of Warcraft) posted information about Cross-Faction Instances in WoW
  • Heroes of the Storm has a new Balance Patch

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