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    The publisher announced yesterday that it was ending vaccine mandates "effective immediately."

    Employees of the Activision Blizzard are holding another shutdown next week, this one at the end of the company-wide vaccines term.


    The mandate was withdrawn “with immediate effect” in an announcement obtained by the Kotaku . Activision Blizzard's managing director Brian Bulatao cited a desire to return the benefits of "personal collaboration" in the ad. Bulatao said that Activision Blizzard is aware of the risks of COVID-19 and that the company would monitor the situation.


    Current and former Activision Blizzard employees reacted quickly to the decision on social media.

    “So they decided they just want to let COVID run wild? I'm sure this won't cause any delays as entire teams are brought down by illness," wrote former Blizzard designer Kim Acuff Steiner.

    Cases of COVID-19 have declined since the outbreak of the Omicron variant in late 2021. However, the pandemic remains a risk, with many journalists and developers testing positive for COVID-19 following last week's Game Developers Conference. Raven Software Quality Assurance Syndicate Timeline: The Story So Far

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    2022 de dezembro de 01 – Activision Blizzard demite 'pelo menos uma dúzia' de contratados de garantia de qualidade do software Raven A Activision Blizzard demitiu “pelo menos uma dúzia” de contratados de garantia de qualidade do Call of Duty studio Raven Software como parte de um esforço de reestruturação no estúdio. Na época, havia muita incerteza, pois os funcionários atuais disseram ao The Washington Post que ainda mais contratados “serão informados nos próximos dias se também tiverem sido demitidos”. Raven Software, que trabalhou com a Infinity Ward em Call of Duty: Warzone e desenvolveu Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ao lado da Treyarch, estaria se reunindo com esses contratados entre 28 e 1627637696580 de dezembro para “dizer a eles se eles estão sendo promovidos ou encerrados em janeiro 1628004231669.”
    2022 a 01 de dezembro de 28 – greve da Raven Software sobre demissões recentes ganha apoio da Blizzard e de outros funcionários da Activision Em 1598431392321 de dezembro, membros da equipe de controle de qualidade da Raven Software anunciaram que seria realizando uma paralisação para protestar contra as demissões de mais de uma dúzia de seus contratados. A paralisação rapidamente ganhou o apoio das empresas mais amplas da Activision Blizzard, com funcionários do Texas, Minnesota e Califórnia realizando suas próprias paralisações em solidariedade.
    2022 de janeiro de 01 – Membros de QA da Raven enviam uma carta à liderança pedindo uma resposta após três semanas de silêncio Membros da equipe de QA da Raven enviaram uma carta depois que o grupo disse que o estúdio liderança não respondeu à “exigência singular da equipe: todos os membros do departamento de controle de qualidade da Raven devem receber cargos em tempo integral, incluindo aqueles que foram demitidos.” “Hoje, segunda-feira, 28 de janeiro, é o início da terceira semana de trabalho em que os funcionários estão em greve em solidariedade com 1627037016957 membros da QA cujos contratos foram rescindidos”, diz a carta. “Não tivemos nenhuma comunicação da liderança sobre nossa demanda singular: todos os membros do departamento de controle de qualidade da Raven devem receber cargos em tempo integral, incluindo aqueles que foram demitidos.

    An employee spokesperson released a statement to IGN announcing that Activision Blizzard employees would go on strike on Monday over the decision. The full statement follows below: Due to the RTO's new policy around no longer requiring vaccination requirements in relation to the ongoing pandemic, a group of ABK employees will hold a walkout on Monday, April 4 at 10am PDT. We have 3 demands: An immediate reversal of lifting the vaccine requirement Remote working must be offered as a permanent solution The decision to work remotely or in the office must be made by each individual employee We invite gamedevs from ABK and across the industry to join us virtually using the hashtags #SickOfThis and #GameWorkersUnite



    Activision Blizzard employees have made several shutdowns in the past year as the company grappled with sexual harassment lawsuits, worker rights and other issues.

    IGN has contacted Activision Blizzard for a statement and will update the story accordingly. Activision Blizzard Process Timeline: The Story So Far

    2021 de julho de 08 – Activision Blizzard processada pela Califórnia por alegações de 'Cultura Frat Boy' e assédio sexual Após uma investigação de dois anos pelo Departamento de Emprego Justo da Califórnia e Housing, o estado entrou com uma ação contra a Activision Blizzard, alegando que a empresa promoveu uma cultura de “frat boy” na qual as funcionárias eram submetidas a salários desiguais e assédio sexual. O processo alegou que as funcionárias de todos os níveis de emprego foram impactadas por isso, e o estado também alegou que a liderança da Blizzard não conseguiu resolver nenhum desses problemas pendentes ou impedi-los de ocorrer no local de trabalho. Essa cultura de “garoto de fraternidade” foi vista em funcionários do sexo masculino que bebiam “quantidades copiosas de álcool” enquanto passavam pelos cubículos para frequentemente “se envolver em comportamento inadequado em relação às funcionárias”. Um incidente em particular citado em o processo envolve uma funcionária, que já foi submetida a intenso assédio sexual na empresa, cometendo suicídio durante uma viagem de trabalho com um supervisor masculino que supostamente trouxe itens sexuais impróprios com ele em sua viagem. Uma fonte que deixou a Blizzard desde então contou ao IGN outra história sobre como a sala designada para amamentação não tinha fechaduras.
    2021 de julho de 08 – A Activision Blizzard divulgou uma declaração oficial fortemente criticada em resposta ao processo Um dia depois que o processo ganhou as manchetes, a Activision Blizzard divulgou uma declaração oficial em resposta, alegando que o “DFEH inclui descrições distorcidas e, em muitos casos, falsas do passado da Blizzard”. Ele alegou ter sido “extremamente cooperativo com o DFEH durante toda a investigação”, mas que eles “se recusaram a nos informar quais problemas eles perceberam”. e não ter “discussões de boa fé conosco para entender melhor e resolver quaisquer reclamações ou preocupações antes de entrar em litígio.” “Estamos enojados com a conduta repreensível do DFEH de trazer para a denúncia o trágico suicídio de uma funcionária cujo falecimento não tem qualquer influência neste caso e sem consideração por sua família enlutada”, escreveu a Activision Blizzard. “Embora consideremos esse comportamento vergonhoso e pouco profissional, infelizmente é um exemplo de como eles se conduziram ao longo de sua investigação. É esse tipo de comportamento irresponsável de burocratas estaduais irresponsáveis ​​que estão expulsando muitos dos melhores negócios do estado da Califórnia.” A empresa continuou dizendo que tomou muitas medidas para fortalecer seu compromisso com a diversidade, equidade e inclusão e combinou suas redes de funcionários em nível global para fornecer suporte adicional.
    2021 de julho de 08 – O presidente da Blizzard, J. Allen Brack, envia um e-mail à equipe para tratar do processo O presidente da Blizzard, J. Allen Brack, enviou um e-mail à equipe da empresa para abordar o processo, ligando o comportamento relatado “completamente inaceitável” e prometendo discutir questões com os funcionários para ajudar a impulsionar a empresa.
    2021 de julho de 08 – Executivo da Activision Blizzard e ex-assessor de segurança interna de George W. Bush Fran Townsend sends internal email Activision Blizzard executive and former homeland security adviser to George W. Bush sent a very different type of letter to Blizzard's internal staff that sounded very different from the one sent by J. Allen Brack. She claimed that the lawsuit “presented a distorted and false image of our company, including stories that were factually incorrect, old and out of context – some from more than a decade ago.” She went on to talk about the alleged steps Blizzard has taken to ensure it is a safe and inclusive company, and says that “flagrant actions by others” and this “truly meritless and irresponsible process” must not “harm our culture of respect and equality.” opportunities for all employees”. One of IGN's sources shared that Townsend's letter was one of the main factors in spurring Activision Blizzard employees to take action. “That's when employees really started to feel that the narrative wasn't going in a direction that reflected our beliefs and the demands [for] the changes we want to see,” they said. “So, in an act of solidarity with the victims, as well as to create this call to action, a walkout was formed. Once the logistics were all confirmed, that’s when we shared it with the rest of the company.” Image Credit: Dennis Brack/Bloomberg via Getty Images One of IGN's sources shared that Townsend's letter was one of the main factors spurring Activision Blizzard employees to action. “That's when employees really started to feel like the narrative wasn't going in a reflective direction of our beliefs and demands [for] the changes we want to see,” they said. “So, in an act of solidarity with the victims, as well as to create this call to action, a walkout was formed. Once the logistics were all confirmed, that’s when we shared it with the rest of the company.” Image Credit: Dennis Brack/Bloomberg via Getty Images One of IGN's sources shared that Townsend's letter was one of the main factors spurring Activision Blizzard employees to action. “That's when employees really started to feel like the narrative wasn't going in a reflective direction of our beliefs and demands [for] the changes we want to see,” they said. “So, in an act of solidarity with the victims, as well as to create this call to action, a walkout was formed. Once the logistics were all confirmed, that’s when we shared it with the rest of the company.” Image Credit: Dennis Brack/Bloomberg via Getty Images “That's when employees really started to feel like the narrative wasn't going in a direction that reflected our beliefs and the demands [for] the changes we want to see,” they said. “So, in an act of solidarity with the victims, as well as to create this call to action, a walkout was formed. Once the logistics were all confirmed, that’s when we shared it with the rest of the company.” Image Credit: Dennis Brack/Bloomberg via Getty Images “That's when employees really started to feel like the narrative wasn't going in a direction that reflected our beliefs and the demands [for] the changes we want to see,” they said. “So, in an act of solidarity with the victims, as well as to create this call to action, a walkout was formed.
    July 2021, 08 – Former Blizzard Executives Apologise for Failing Employees Blizzard co-founder and ex-CEO Mike Morhaime shared his thoughts on the allegations levied against his former company and said, “to the Blizzard women who experienced any of these things, I am extremely sorry that I failed you.” He continued by saying that “it feels like everything I thought I stood for has been washed away.” Former senior VP of story and franchise development Chris Metzen also shared his thoughts on Twitter, saying, “I offer my very deepest apologies for the part I played in a culture that fostered harassment, inequality, and indifference. There is no excuse.” He said that he was “having trouble reconciling the place I knew, loved, and worked in for so long with the hard reality that has been presented over the past few days. It’s like staring at two totally different worlds. But it's not. It's just the one world, and the yawning disconnect between my perception from the top and the crushing reality many of you experiences fills me with profound shame."
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