The ABK Workers Alliance, a collective of Activision Blizzard and King employees, has initiated strike action against its employer. The group plans to continue its work stoppage until its demands are met. This follows walkouts from other Activision Blizzard groups, including Raven’s QA department.
Announced via a post on Twitter, the group said “Today, the ABK Worker’s Alliance announces the initiation of its strike. We encourage our peers in the Game Industry to stand with us in creating lasting change.”
Today, the ABK Worker’s Alliance announces the initiation of its strike. We encourage our peers in the Game Industry to stand with us in creating lasting change. For those who wish to join in solidarity, please consider donating to our Strike Fund.https://t.co/IauGyxuLYG
— ABetterABK 💙 ABK Workers Alliance (@ABetterABK) December 9, 2021
In addition, the Tweet also includes a link to a Gofundme page, which allows supporters to provide financial donations to help participating Activision Blizzard and King staff through their work stoppage. “For those who wish to join in solidarity, please consider donating to our Strike Fund,” said the tweet. The fund has a goal of $1 million.
The announcement of the ABK Workers Alliance strike follows Monday’s news of Raven Software’s QA team walkout over the termination of contractors. Striking staff were supported by other Activision Blizzard workers in solidarity, with further walkouts happening in Texas, Minnesota, and California.
There have now been multiple strikes at Activision Blizzard as the company continues to work its way through an ongoing sexual harassment and gender discrimination lawsuit. A first work stoppage occurred in July following the filing of the lawsuit from the state of California, and a second strike happened in November. ABK Workers Alliance also reported that Treyarch’s central QA team walked out on December 7 in support of the Raven work stoppage.
Part of the ABK Workers Alliance’s demands is that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is to be replaced. While a group of shareholders have demanded he resign, the company board continues to back Kotick as CEO.
For more information on the situation, read our complete timeline of events regarding Activision Blizzard since the lawsuit was announced.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.
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