The testers win 14-0.
After months of delay, QA workers at Blizzard's Albany-based studio formed a union, becoming the second group of testers to do so after Raven Software.
The Game Workers Alliance Albany started its fight to unionize in summer and finally got the right to vote for it in October. Blizzard reportedly tried to delay the vote, but the QA team emerged victorious on December 2, voting 14-0 for the union. Ironically, the originally scheduled date was delayed due to a real-life blizzard.
The associate test analyst Amanda Deep said that the group was inspired by Raven Software and that GWA Albany would like to inspire more video game studios to unionize.
“It took an unbelievable amount of work and perseverance to move this fight forward,” Deep said (via Polygon). “With this victory, we’re advocating for ourselves and each other because we care deeply about our work and the games we make. Organizing has empowered all of us to fight hard for the dignity and respect every worker deserves on the job.”
When asked to comment, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson said: "We are considering all options, with a focus on what is best for all employees and to provide the best games for our millions of players. We still believe our entire Albany team should have the right to vote. This is about fundamental fairness and rights for every member of the team."
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