In the first day of this meeting, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer spoke about the possibility of removing the Raven Software logo. Despite the fact that Microsoft initially agreed to reinstate the logo and said it would, therefore, continue to operate independently of Microsoft. ABK initially said, however, had previously stated that it would not enforce the logo on the board. However, after the acquisition, the company announced that it would restructure the company and disperse its employees. This is despite the fact that it previously denied that it would do so if
In light of Raven Softwares''s first union at the controversial Activision Blizzard (ABK), Xbox CEO Phil Spencer offered a logical answer to a historical change in gaming. This response comes following the previous all-hands meeting, during which Spencer stated that he isn''t having much experience with unions. As it turns out, the head of Xbox took the time to educate himself on unionization while doing some corporate homework on behalf of Microsoft.
According to Kotaku, Phil Spencer will support Raven Software and the first North American gaming union. In today''s meeting, Spencer stated that both he and Linda Norman, VP of Microsoft, spent some time learning about unions and the importance of unionization. Moreover, Spencer stated that Microsoft does not have any relationship with the Communication Workers of America or the Game Workers Alliance.
Given Microsoft''s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which is the most expensive of its kind in the gaming industry, and perhaps the second most expensive in the entertainment industry overall, Phil Spencer stated that the company intends to recognize the union after the acquisition.
This is the first time we heard anyone from Microsoft directly acknowledging the recognition of the Raven Softwares union until the acquisition closes. However, ABK and all its subsidiaries, including Raven, will continue to operate independently of Microsoft and Xbox.
After a lawsuit against the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing in June, ABK was under fire for sexual harassment and gender discrimination, which uncovered a slew of disrespecting of quality assurance workers within the firm. This clearly showed the whole picture, but ABK employees, especially those of Raven Software, took the opportunity to fight their parent company for improved working conditions and higher salaries, which Xbox apparently enjoys.
ABK initially sought to avoid unionization by employing abusive methods, like hiring union-busting businesses. Considering that their efforts to stop unionization have failed, ABK announced the restructuring of the QA sector, promising better working conditions and better pay for union-eligible employees. Luckily, they havent, and the union was eventually formed.
As things are currently on the market, the Game Workers Alliance is the first group to unify under ABK and will most likely remain organized under Microsoft. The latter stated that the studios will maintain a greater degree of creative freedom in their titles, but will ultimately be responsible to Xbox Game Studios and Microsoft''s Gaming Division once the acquisition comes.