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Testers at Activision's Raven Software Forms First Major Union in the US Video Game Industry

Testers at Activision's Raven Software Forms First Major Union in the US Video Game Industry - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 May 2022 / 1,469 Views

Quality assurance testers at Activision Blizzards' Raven Software voted today to form the first major union in the US video game industry, according to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier.

Schreier says there were 19 votes in favor of forming the union, called Game Workers Alliance, and three votes against it.

"It's now official: testers at Activision-owned Raven Software have voted to form the U.S. video game industry's first major union. There were 19 votes for and 3 votes against," said Schreier.

The union is now recognized by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and will now negotiate a contract with Activision Blizzard, who has been fighting against the formation of the union.

The NLRB previously told Activision Blizzard the quality assurance testers at Raven Software had enough of a bargaining unit to form its own union.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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TallSilhouette (on 23 May 2022)

Wonderful news. May it be the first of many. I hope to see the VFX industry unionize alongside it. God knows how overworked they are...

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GoOnKid (on 25 May 2022)

Long overdue. Hope more will follow.

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DonFerrari (on 24 May 2022)

If it is the wish of the employees I see nothing wrong.

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VAMatt (on 23 May 2022)
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