CWA Responds to Proposed Microsoft Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

(Washington, D.C) — Statement from CWA President Christopher M. Shelton

“The proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft would represent a major change to the gaming industry and significantly strengthen Microsoft’s competitive position at a critical time in the industry’s evolution.”

“Before any approval of this proposed deal, the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and states Attorneys General must all carefully consider the impacts on consumers and American workers, especially Activision Blizzard employees who have been trying to improve working conditions and raising up troubling issues regarding company culture of sexist and discriminatory cultural practices, pay inequity, workplace harassment, and abuse."

“Activision Blizzard’s response to its employees’ concerns has been repeated surveillance, intimidation tactics, and the hiring of notorious union busters. Activision Blizzard worker concerns must be addressed in any plan – acquisition or not – on the future direction of the company.”

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