New Year, New Unions – Episode 392

In this episode, I talked about newly formed unions. Reviewed the wage range at Bungie, Riot Games, and Activision-Blizzard. Sony has reportedly been blocking games from Microsoft. UK’s regulator says the majority of the public is in favor of the Microsoft-Activision acquisition. Chile approves the Microsoft Activision Blizzard acquisition. PlayStation introduced its accessibility controller. Darkening of Tristram is live! Lots of events are happening now in Diablo Immortal.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • ABetterABK tweeted about the QA team enjoying a paid holiday break
  • Proletariat Workers Alliance asked management to voluntarily recognize their union
  • CNET posted an article titled: “More Activision Blizzard Workers File to Unionize”
  • Bloomberg (via Yahoo! Finance) posted an article titled: “Third Activision Blizzard Video-Game Studio Seeks to Unionize”
  • CODE_CWA tweeted ZeniMax Workers won their election at Microsoft
  • CNN posted an article titled: “Microsoft gets its first US union”
  • Bungie posted its range of pay for a Test/QA position
  • Riot Games posted its range of pay for a QA position
  • Blizzard posted its range of pay for a Test Lead, Diablo IV position
  • Engadget posted an article titled: “Microsoft and FTC pre-trial hearing set for January 3”
  • Windows Central posted an article titled: “Microsoft confirms that Sony has blocked these 4 games from hitting Xbox forever”
  • Reuters posted an article titled: “First pre-trial hearing in Microsoft-Activision case set for Jan. 3”
  • IGN India posted an article titled: “Microsoft-Activision Acquisition: CMA Says Public in Favour of the Deal as EU Regulators Ask Game Companies About It”
  • Evening Standard posted an article titled: “Blow for Microsoft as UK competition watchdog delays merger with Call of Duty maker Activision”
  • Games Radar posted an article titled: “UK government delays verdict on Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard by eight weeks”
  • TechStory posted an article titled: “Chile Approves Microsoft Activision-Blizzard Acquisition”
  • PlayStation posted information about Project Leonardo – customizable accessibility controller kit
  • The Darkening of Tristram returned on January 3 in Diablo III!
  • Diablo Immortal posted about events including: Rising Damnation and Hungering Moon
  • Naxiwuno posted an amazing piece of art featuring Inarius and Lilith (on Twitter)

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