Raven Wins! – Episode 361

In this episode, I talk about Raven Software winning its union vote – making the Game Workers Alliance the first North American video game union at a AAA gaming company. Activision Blizzard has been accused of illegally treating staff who wanted a union. SOC Investment group wants to remove Kotick (and others) from the board of directors. I also talked about accessibility in gaming, informative news about Diablo Immortal, content from the Diablo Community, and Pride merchandise.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • The New York Times posted “A Vote by Activision Workers Could Give Unions a Foothold in Gaming”
  • IGN posted “Raven Software QA Workers Officially Vote to Unionize”
  • Vice posted an article titled: “Raven Software QA Votes to Become First Major Video Game Union in the United States”
  • The Verge posted “Activision Blizzard subsidiary wins union vote”
  • @ABetterUbisoft tweeted support for their friends at Raven.
  • Vice posted “Activision Blizzard Is Acting Like a Company That’s Scared of a Union”
  • The Washington Post posted “Activision Blizzard worker committee demands anti-discrimination reform”
  • Axios posted “Gender discrimination lawsuit against PlayStation returns”
  • Dot.LA posted “Read the Discrimination Memo Activision Workers Sent to Management”
  • Game Developer posted “NLRB: Activision Blizzard “illegally” threatened staff”
  • GamesIndustrybiz posted “SOC urges shareholders to vote against re-election of Activision Blizzard directors”
  • 9to5Mac posted “Apple in talks to buy EA gaming, Disney and Amazon also potential suitors”
  • Kotaku posted “EA Tells Devs It Won’t Take Stand On Abortion Rights, Encourages ‘Healing Circles'”
  • Kotaku posted “Xbox Boss Says He Will Recognize Raven Software’s Union After Acquisition Closes”
  • Xbox posted “Xbox Celebrates the Gaming and Disability Community for Global Accessibility Awareness Day”
  • Xbox posted information about the Xbox Adaptive Controller
  • Blizzard posted “Making A Game For Everyone – Diablo Immortal’s Accessibility Features”
  • Diablo: Tales from the Horadric Library has appeared on Amazon
  • Blizzard posted “Diablo Immortal – Your Roadmap to Hell”
  • @DiabloImmortal tweeted the global release times for Diablo Immortal
  • Lord Fluffy interviewed Wyatt Cheng on Twitch
  • Echohack posted a YouTube video titled: “Huge update! Warbands, Armory, Customization, Shadow War and more!”
  • Scrappy Academy posted a video titled: “Diablo Immortal Changes and Latest News”
  • Blizzard Entertainment announced this year’s Pride Collection (led by Blizzard Employees)
  • Proceeds from the Pride Collection will go to LGBTQ Center Orange County
  • Shattered Soulstone now has the Shattered Soulstone logo on a Pride flag on Redbubble!

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