If there was any doubt that Activision-Blizzard and Bobby Kotick got away with it after the purchase of Microsoft, this should be left aside because the North American company had the luxury of denying any problem and even ignored the protests of its own workers before United States authorities.
There is no doubt, Activision-Blizzard got away with it
One day after the announcement of the transaction between Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard, the company responsible for Call of Duty was filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to establish its current status as a company that is about to enter a review process and possible purchase approval. The detail is that Activision-Blizzard denied all the problems and scandals that have been made public since last year, a bad omen for the movement of workers who, although they may see an improvement in their conditions under the mantle of Microsoft, have not been able to settle a precedent of labor rights for his union.
According to information from Stephen Totilo, a journalist from Axios, Activision-Blizzard’s filing with the SEC was highlighted by the way the company ignored everything that’s going on. Initially, he denied having knowledge of problems related to labor or union situations, even when there is a strike at Raven Software, a study of Call of Duty: Warzone, in addition to employee protests that have been supported by US unions: “to the knowledge of the company, there are no pending activities or proceedings by any union, works council or any similar labor organization to organize employees or any of their subsidiaries about your job.”
Fascinating Activision SEC filing about merger:
– There is no strike… to the knowledge of the company
– No “material” allegations of sexual harassment since 2018
– No legal proceedings that would have “material adverse effects” pic.twitter.com/be3gpXCX79
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) January 19, 2022
Activision-Blizzard denied lawsuits and worker protests
On the other hand, Activision-Blizzard upped its ante by denying that there was any legal process against it, an assertion that it made to the SEC despite the existence of a lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), as well as a process unresolved with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): “there are no legal proceedings pending or, to the knowledge of the company or its subsidiaries, threatening it or against any current or former officer or director that can have an adverse effect.
In this way, unless there is some setback on the part of some authority, Activision-Blizzard seems to have silenced the labor scandal that gave so much to talk about since last year.
Still here at LEVEL UP.
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