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  • Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

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    Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

    The FTC hurdle has still yet to be overcome.

    Activision Blizzard stockholders voted today in favor of the pending acquisition by Microsoft. Of course, this really doesn't mean that it's all a done deal just yet as Microsoft still needs to get approval from the FTC and other regulating bodies.

    According to a press release sent out today, over 98% of the owners voted in favor of the acquisition. Microsoft is hopeful that the deal will close in their next fiscal year, which...
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  • Bobby Kotick's Post-Acquisition Fate Still Undecided

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    Bobby Kotick's Post-Acquisition Fate Still Undecided

    Talks have supposedly not yet happened yet.

    Activision Blizzard says that they have not yet talked to Microsoft about what Bobby Kotick's employment status will be after Microsoft's acquisition of the company. As of right now, Kotick is still the CEO of Activision Blizzard despite the numerous legal battles and accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination that have hit the company.

    As first spotted by Stephen Totilo, Activision added a line to its United States...
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  • $18 Million Activision Blizzard Settlement Approved by US Judge

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    $18 Million Activision Blizzard Settlement Approved by US Judge

    A drop in the bucket for the developer/publisher.

    One of the several sexual harassment lawsuits levied against Activision Blizzard has been settled. A US judge approved an $18 million (USD) settlement between Activision Blizzard and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

    Like many of the other lawsuits against the company, this one included several counts of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, issues with how the company handled pregnancies, and retaliation...
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  • Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard in Deal Worth Almost $70 Billion

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    Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard in Deal Worth Almost $70 Billion

    The dream of Candy Crush on Game Pass is that much closer to a reality.

    Microsoft is a stone's throw away from finalizing a deal for the purchase of Activision Blizzard. The deal sees Microsoft picking up the Call of Duty and Candy Crush developer for a staggering $68.7 billion (USD). Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer spilled the beans in a new posting at the Xbox Wire earlier today.

    This deal seems to have been made at the "perfect" time, at least for Microsoft....
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  • Activision Executive Warns Employes on the 'Consequences' of Unionizing

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    Activision Executive Warns Employes on the 'Consequences' of Unionizing

    An Activision executive sends company-wide email that almost reads like a threat.

    Just this week, Activision Blizzard employees announced that they will be carrying out a full work strike against their employer. This comes as the mountain of sexual harassment lawsuits, allegations of sexual misconduct, deplorable behavior from CEO Bobby Kotick, and layoffs continues to cast a damning shadow over the company.

    Though talks about unionizing have been happening for "months,"...
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  • Activision Blizzard Employees Announce a Full Strike

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    Activision Blizzard Employees Announce a Full Strike

    The announcement comes from the ABK Workers Alliance.

    The group of Activision Blizzard employees known as the ABK Worker's Alliance, have announced that they will be striking against their employer. The group says that they will cease working until their demands are met. This move comes shortly after the Activision owned Raven Software had their QA department stage a walkout earlier this week following a contentious round of layoffs.

    The ABK Worker's Alliance made their...
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  • Big Changes are Coming to Call of Duty: Warzone

    Big Changes are Coming to Call of Duty: Warzone

    With a new map comes some big changes to loadouts.

    On December 8, Caldera will be the new map, Caldera, taking over Call of Duty: Warzone. This new map is quite tropical in nature as it's set in the Pacific after-all, and will release alongside the first season for Call of Duty: Vanguard. Activision says that the new map was "built on learnings from the community."

    Alongside the start of the season and the new Warzone map will be the introduction of the Ricochet...
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  • Bobby Kotick to Consider Leaving If He Cannot Fix Problems at Activision Blizzard

    Retire, Bobby.

    During a meeting with other senior managers and executives at Activision Blizzard, CEO Bobby Kotick said that he would consider leaving the company if he is unable to fix the issues that he helped to create. Kotick did seem to stop just short of saying that he would step down in the meeting that took place this past Friday. He merely left the door cracked open a bit if the issues weren't fixed "with speed."

    This report comes from The Wall Street...
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  • Phil Spencer is Evaluating Relationship with Activision

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    Phil Spencer is Evaluating Relationship with Activision

    Xbox stands alongside PlayStation in condemning Activision's response to sexual harassment allegations.

    Microsoft's head of Xbox Phil Spencer says that he is "evaluating all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments." This comes by way of an internal email sent to staff that was shared with Bloomberg.

    Spencer's email comes just a short time after this week's eye opening revelations that say that Activision Blizzard...
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  • PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan 'Stunned' at Activision's Response to Harassment Allegations

    An email from Jim Ryan expresses extreme disappointment in Activision Blizzard.

    PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan was left "stunned" following this week's Bloomberg report that says Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick was aware for years of the sexual harassment and misconduct happening within the Call of Duty publisher. An email from Ryan, that was originally sent to employees, was obtained by Bloomberg on Thursday.

    In the email, Ryan wrote that he and the other PlayStation...
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  • Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Knew for Years About Sexual Misconduct; Employees Walk Out Demanding Resignation

    A damning report says the Activision Blizzard CEO knew for years about horrific incidents and did nothing.

    Employees are calling for the resignation of Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick following some new and very damning revelations into the role he played in the toxic workplace culture at the studio. On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal published a detailed report about how Kotick handled, or failed to handle, the sexual-misconduct lawsuit filed by the California Department of...
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  • Activision Blizzard Boss Bobby Kotick Requests Massive Pay Cut

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    Activision Blizzard Boss Bobby Kotick Requests Massive Pay Cut

    At least until the company improves.

    Activision Blizzard head honcho, boss, and CEO Bobby Kotick has requested that his salary be significantly cut until such a time as the company makes significant enough changes to work culture. This comes at a time where the company is dealing with a lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

    Perhaps you've heard of that?

    In a letter that was addressed to Activision Blizzard staff, and subsequently...
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  • Bobby Kotick Claims 'People will be Held Responsible for Their Actions'

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    Bobby Kotick Claims 'People will be Held Responsible for Their Actions'

    What about Bobby's actions? Who will hold him accountable?

    Activision Blizzard shared their Q2 2021 financial results today with the public. During the earnings call, Activision Blizzard said that they had a "commitment to a safe working environment." They also promised that they would take "swift action to ensure a safe and welcoming work environment for all employees."

    Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said that "people will be held accountable...
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  • Activision Blizzard Now Also Being Sued by an Investor

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    Activision Blizzard Now Also Being Sued by an Investor

    Company now being sued for not disclosing harassment, leading to inflated stock prices.

    Activision Blizzard is now also being sued by an investor. As of Tuesday, August 3, an investor told federal securities fraud claims in Los Angeles that the company kept investors and shareholders in the dark about an ongoing investigation into its toxic workplace culture. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. This suit not only targets the company...
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  • Activision Blizzard Employees Form an 'Alliance' and Denounce the Law Firm Hired by the Company

    One step closer to unionizing.

    A group of employees from a number of Activision Blizzard studios have joined together to form what they are calling the ABK Workers Alliance. This group has sent a joint letter to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and the executive leadership team within the company. This letter openly criticizes the law firm, WilmerHale, that Activision Blizzard management have hired to serve as a third-party auditor for the company.

    The letter, provided...
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