Blizzard acusada de infligir "violaciones laborales" al impedir que sus trabajadores hablen de "violaciones laborales"

Activision Blizzard accused of committing labor violations to stop employees from talking about labor violations

Activision Blizzard employees and the Communications Workers of America filed the complaint together.

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With the help of a major union, Activision Blizzard employees have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the game development and publishing giant has intimidated, surveilled, and interrogated workers to discourage them from discussing labor conditions, such as those raised by the discrimination lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard in July.

The employees, who are working under the “A Better ABK” banner (referring to Activision Blizzard King), and the Communication Workers of America allege that, in the last six months, Activision Blizzard has:

  • “Threatened” and “told” employees they cannot talk about “wages, hours, and working conditions,” or investigations about them. (The investigation that led to the July lawsuit, for example.)
  • “Maintained an overly broad social media policy”
  • “Enforced the social media policy against employees who have engaged in protected concerted activity”
  • “Threatened or disciplined employees on account of protected concerted activity”
  • "Engaged in surveillance of employees engaged in protected concerted activity and engaged in interrogation of employees about protected concerted activity.”

“Protected concerted activity” refers to employees discussing ways to improve their workplace or organizing into labor groups, including collective bargaining groups. The CWA also acknowledged that Activision Blizzard hired WilmerHale, a law firm known for anti-union efforts with Amazon and other companies.

One anonymous Activision Blizzard employee told Vice that they suspect that upper management is attempting to get rid of employees who have been outspoken about the company’s alleged discrimination.

Activision Blizzard did not immediately respond to PC Gamer’s request for comment.

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A Better ABK has not announced intentions to unionize under the CWA, although the parties working together to accuse Activision Blizzard of hindering employee organizing suggests that it’s a possibility.

The CWA is a national union with 1,200 chartered local unions, with a focus on telecommunications, IT, airline, news media, and broadcast media. It represents an estimated 700,000 members across the public and private sectors. The complaint against Activision Blizzard is part of the union’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees, which it describes as an initiative “supporting workers’ organizing efforts in the technology and game industries.”

“If the NLRB rules in our favor, the ruling will be retroactive and we will set a precedent that no worker in the US can be intimidated out of talking about forced arbitration,” the A Better ABK account tweeted today.

Forced arbitration refers to a common employment contract clause which requires certain employee-company disputes to be settled privately. Ending it is one of the demands A Better ABK made following the July lawsuit.

That lawsuit, which was filed by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, focused primarily on Blizzard, and alleged that the studio permitted a widespread culture of sexual harassment and discrimination against women in the workplace. It led to an employee walk out, as well as the formation of A Better ABK.

In the ensuing months, several high-profile leaders on Blizzard’s development teams have departed the company, including Diablo 4 director Louis Barriga, designer Jesse McCree, and World of Warcraft designer Jonathan LeMarche. Blizzard president J Allen Brack left his position in early August.

Recently, Blizzard removed in-game references to developers implicated in the lawsuit, including former World of Warcraft creative director Alex Afrasiabi, who was fired in 2020 for misconduct. Blizzard also announced that Overwatch character McCree will be renamed.

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Puto asco de compañía macho.

A mamarla, Blizzard.

Shadowverse es mejor que Heartstone

A ver quién es el listo que intenta comprar esta compañía que está al borde del abismo

Si la gente los castigase como toca y no comprase sus mierdas… pero no va a pasar.

Una duda que me surje, ¿Todas estas polémicas vienen arrastradas desde la época Blizzard, o son de la Activision-Blizzard?

Hay varias que son pre-Activision.

Sé que no va a servir de nada, pero en cuanto explotó toda la mierda, cancelé suscripción, desinstalé el WoW y todos los demás juegos y luego la aplicación de escritorio de Battle.net.

Y me jode mucho, porque a Diablo IV le tenía unas ganas tremendas…

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Me gustaría mucho saber esto.

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Yo desde luego tengo la conciencia tranquila. El remaster de Diablo 2 lo va a comprar su puta madre. Y mucho tendrán que cambiar las cosas para que me plantee comprar Diablo 4 (que por otro lado, no tengo ninguna fe en él).

@Tempus02 hay una probabilidad muy, muy alta de que Diablo 4 sea peor que Diablo 3. Recordemos que Blizzard a día de hoy no es ni la sombra de lo que fue.

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Pues a mi si me gusta alguno de sus juegos lo compraré, y las infracciones laborales en el universo del crunch dudo mucho que sean solo cosa de Blizzard.

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Esta gente está como una cabra XD. “violaciones laborales” :sese:

Se podría traducir perfectamente como “infracciones laborales” pero entonces no quedaría tan impactante y reshulón :joy:

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Eh las comillas están ahí para matizar

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Violaciones de leyes imagino
No de otros utensilios

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Da montañas de dinero así que dudo que la vendan la verdad.

Pero si ya se filtro que son los de las cuotas pidiendo mas mujeres y “multiculturalidad” en puestos directivos .
Esto huele a campaña que apesta ya . Como con Ubisoft nombrando a un hombre frances blanco para no se que puesto y saliendo en los “medios” .

Diablo 2 remake dia uno en Battle-Net . Precomprado esta .

Será infligir. Si infringieran violaciones laborales querría decir que evitan su efecto.

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Solo vengo a decir que me ha hecho gracia el título. Blizzard ya no sabe dónde meterse :xd:.