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)
Where to find Jen’s Content Creation:
- Shattered Soulstone T-shirts now available on Jen’s Redbubble!
- Shattered Soulstone Pride shirts now available on Jen’s Redbubble!
- Book of Jen website: Diablo gameplay videos
- Book of Jen YouTube: Diablo III Season 27 (work in progress)
- Book of Jen YouTube: Diablo Immortal Closed Alpha playlist
- Book of Jen YouTube: Diablo Immortal playlist (work in progress)
- Jen’s Lore Corner episodes are now on Shattered Soulstone!
- Twitch @BarbarianKobold (NOTE: I rarely stream.)
- Restless Barbarian Gaming on Twitch
- Restless Barbarian Gaming on YouTube
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