Activision Blizzard will have to pay 35 million for labor mistreatment
These last few days have been very intense in terms of Microsoft and the Activision acquisition where we have seen the FTC, the EU and even Sony involved. But this is not all, since there is no downplaying Activision Blizzard itself, since it was denounced in the past for labor practices and even sexual harassment. Now is the turn to pay your debts for bad labor practices and Activision Blizzard will pay 35 million dollars to settle the accusations.
Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard is under investigation by regulators around the world. At a cost of 68.7 billion dollars, it has become the most expensive deal in the industry and everyone fears that, with it in their possession, Microsoft will dominate the market. Let’s remember that Activision Blizzard are the developers of popular game franchises such as call of duty, world of warcraft, *text muted* or Overwatch. But while in terms of sales they are a success, the work environment within the company is a disaster.
Activision Blizzard will pay to settle complaints of labor mistreatment
Activision Blizzard has a worrying record if we refer to the company and its workers. Months ago we published the complaints issued against the developer after having discriminated against their employees. This has been accumulating accusations and that was not the first time that she was sued, because shortly after we saw a complaint for unfair labor practices. In this case, it was due to the dismissal of workers from RavenSoftwareone of the Activision studios that was in charge of Call of Duty: Warzone.
All this has been accumulating until reaching a point where there is no other way to pay. The sec has thus announced that the company does not have the necessary tools to analyze the accusations and complaints of employees. With this, Activision Blizzard’s master plan to make a internal investigation to deny the facts it has gone to hell. Now, the SEC forces Activision Blizzard to pay $35 million to close the allegations.
The company’s labor misconduct began in 2021
It has taken about a year and a half for Activision Blizzard to finally be forced to pay for their mistakes. And it is that, already in September 2021 and under the leadership of the infamous Bobby Kotick, the company was sued. Women in the company were subjected to comments and innuendos and other forms of harassment. They also confirmed that they charged less, all this happening while they were developing world of warcraft. With the case of Raven Software, something similar happened with respect to the latter, since these did not receive promotions or salary increasesbut layoffs.
In fact, one of the reasons for denouncing bad labor practices was for having promised them that 500 temporary workers were going to become permanent. This was not only not fulfilled, but the only thing they received was 20 layoffs and ended with the workers fed up with the company. so much that they called a strike to which Activision Blizzard responded by withholding salaries.