Activision Blizzard reportedly threatened employees, according to US officials

Deepak Gupta May 24, 2022
Updated 2022/05/24 at 10:53 AM

Every now and then controversy arises in the technological world, and today we are dealing with yet another such case. This is because the game creator Activision Blizzard is now being accused of illegally threatening its employees and who says so is an agency of the US government.

The company, which now belongs to Microsoft, has already commented on what happened and claims that the accusations are false.

Activision Blizzard embroiled in controversy

In mid-January of this year, the news of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by the hands of Microsoft made the headlines of practically every channel of technological information. The deal, which involved a $60 billion payout, caused quite a stir at the time, as Sony's PlayStation gamers and investors worried that they might miss out on the creator's favorite and most popular games, although rested them and assured that this would not happen.

But there is now a new controversy around Activision Blizzard. According to information now revealed, the game maker will have implemented a social media policy that conflicted with workers' rights. In this sense, the company is accused of having illegally threatened employees with the application of this same policy. This information was advanced this Monday (23) by an agency of the government of the United States of America.

According to the details, the allegations, raised by the Communications Workers of America union, have been investigated by the Los Angeles-based National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) since September last year. A spokesperson for the NLRB said in a statement that if Activision does not resolve the situation, the entity's regional director will file a complaint.

This Monday, the NLRB conducted a vote count from a small group of workers about Activision Blizzard's quality assurance, who also want to join the union as a way to improve the work environment.

Creator says the accusations are false

On the other hand, the electronic game company, defended itself from the accusations by stating that they are false. According to an Activision spokesperson:

These claims are false. Employees can and do speak freely about these issues in the workplace without retaliation, and our social media policy expressly incorporates NLRA rights. [National Labor Relations Act] of employees.

Our social media policy explicitly states that it 'does not restrict employees from engaging in the communication of information protected by law, including, for example, employee rights in the United States protected by the National Labor Relations Act. [NLRA].

We will be on the lookout for new developments on this subject and will let you know if there is any news on it.

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