Video game workers form first union at major US video game maker

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Video game workers at a division of game publisher Activision Blizzard have voted to unionize, creating the first union at a major U.S. video game company.

A tally of ballots on Monday revealed election results affecting a small group of Wisconsin-based quality assurance testers at Activision Blizzard’s Raven Software, which develops the popular Call of Duty game franchise. The count was 19-3.

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The campaign to organize workers at Raven’s Middleton, Wis., office is part of a larger internal shakeup at Activision Blizzard, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based gaming giant that has about 10,000 employees in the world.

In a statement released Monday, the AFL-CIO commended the workers for their successful efforts.

“The multi-billion dollar video game industry relies on workers who put in long, grueling hours for low pay. Members of Raven Software’s Game Workers Alliance (CWA) union have come together to demand a place at the table.

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