Microsoft has said it will honor any agreement should Activision Blizzard recognize a union.
Microsoft’s Corporate VP and General Counsel Lisa Tanzi said in a statement to the Washington Post.
“Microsoft respects the right of Activision Blizzard employees to choose whether to be represented by a workers’ organization, and we will respect those choices,” Tanzi said.
Activision Blizzard employees have attempted to form a union with Raven Software after registering with The Communications Workers of America. Activision-Blizzard has yet to honor the agreement with the union and has hired Reed Smith, a law firm known for its union-busting efforts, to fight the advances.
In January, Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion at $95 per share in a cash transaction. The transaction is expected to close during Microsoft’s fiscal 2023, once regulatory review by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is complete to ensure the transaction does not fall under unfair competition laws.
Should the deal go through, Microsoft will own the IP for Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush, Tony Hawk, Diablo, Overwatch, Spyro, Hearthstone, Guitar Hero, Crash Bandicoot, StarCraft and many, many more in the future. Regarding Call of Duty, Microsoft has reassured gamers that it has no intention of dragging communities away with the PlayStation acquisition as it plans to keep the series on PlayStation consoles.
Things have not been rosy at Activision Blizzard since a lawsuit was filed in July by the California Department of Equal Employment and Housing over allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment. And recently, another lawsuit was filed by a current female employee alleging discrimination and harassment.
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