Microsoft To Willfully Recognize Its First Unionization Of Videogame Testers

  • Microsoft Corp MSFT looked to voluntarily acknowledge a union of 300 videogame testers at subsidiary ZeniMax Studios if they vote to unionize.
  • It marked a first for the company in the U.S., the Communication Workers of America union (CWA) said, Reuters reports.
  • ZeniMax employees at four locations in Maryland and Texas began voting through an online platform. 
  • Also Read: Amazon Gets Another Breather As Workers Dump NY Union
  • ZeniMax owns significant game franchises, including The Elder Scrolls and Fallout.
  • Microsoft, in June, agreed with the CWA to remain neutral in union organizing campaigns at Activision Blizzard Inc ATVI, which Microsoft sought to purchase for $69 billion. 
  • Microsoft President Brad Smith recently expressed the company's support for employee unionization.
  • Smith acknowledged the legal right of employees to form or join a union as he saw it futile to resist lawful efforts to participate in activities like unionization.
  • Game testers at Activision units Blizzard Albany and Raven Software voted this year for unionization.
  • Blizzard Albany has developed installments of popular video game franchises, including Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
  • The NLRB accused Activision of violating federal labor law by threatening retaliation against workers who use social media to discuss working conditions
  • Price Action: MSFT shares traded higher by 0.08% at $250.40 premarket on the last check Tuesday.
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