Even More Union Busting – Episode 384

In this episode, I focused on the union busting tactics that Activision Blizzard engaged in against the Game Workers Alliance and Raven Software. I read a Hard Drive article about an “Office Bully” job. I mentioned the weird thing that Overwatch 2 players are doing to obtain enough gold to buy skins. The EU is launching an advanced Microsoft-Activision probe. Also mentioned Diablo books, Diablo tarot, Hell’s Ink Tour, and some Diablo videos and/or podcasts about Diablo IV.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • Game Workers Alliance posted: “November 2nd, 2022, Bargaining Session Update”.
  • @ABetterABK stands with @WeAreGWA and @WeAreGWAAlbany
  • Game Developer posted an article titled: “Activision Blizzard reportedly forced union to pay for missed time of bargaining workers”
  • GamesIndustry.biz posted an article titled: “Activision Blizzard files motion to impound Albany union vote ballots”
  • Kotaku posted an article titled: “Blizzard’s Diablo IV Testers Defeat Activision, CanNow Vote To Form Union [Update: Activision Still Trying To Stop The Vote]”
  • Kotaku posted an article titled: “Activision Nickel-And-Dimes New Union as Call Of Duty Enjoys $800 Million Weekend”
  • Nicole Carpenter (Senior Reporter at Polygon) posted a thread about Activision Blizzard’s attempt to “impound” the votes.
  • Hard Drive posted an article titled: “JOB ALERT: Blizzard Has a New Posting for “Office Bully” (NOTE: This is a satire website)
  • IGN posted an article titled: “Blizzard Sells an Overwatch 2 Charm Cheaper in Real Life Than In Game”
  • Polygon posted an article titled: “Can you really earn Overwatch 2 skins faster by playing World of Warcraft instead?”
  • IGN posted an article titled: “Phil Spencer: Call of Duty Will Continue to Ship on PlayStation ‘ As Long As There’s A PlayStation to Ship To”
  • Politico posted an article titled: “EU to launch advanced Microsoft-Activision probe”
  • @Diablo tweeted: “Happy #NationalAuthorsDay. What’s your favorite book in the Diablo Series?”
  • Diablo: The Sanctuary Tarot Deck and Guidebook is available on Amazon
  • Diablo posted a YouTube video titled: “Diablo Hell’s Ink Tour | All City Recap”
  • Carbot Animations posted a YouTube video titled: “How to Necromancer | DiabLoL 2 #54”
  • Diablo II: Resurrected is currently on sale – for 50% off the usual price
  • IGN posted a YouTube video titled: “Diablo IV and “Returning to Darkness”
  • IGN posted a video on their website titled: “Diablo IV’s Approach to Class Identity and Player Choice”
  • IGN posted a video on their website titled: “The Diablo IV Team On Its Holistic Approach To Testing and Live Service Plans”
  • The Diablo Podcast Episode 10 features Jay Wilson (Game Designer on Diablo III)

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