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Activision workers in Boston say they will form a union.

On Tuesday, the majority of employees at Activision Blizzard Inc’s (NASDAQ:ATVI) recently acquired studio Proletariat announced their intention to form a union with the Communications Workers of America.

With this move, the Boston studio would become the third Activision Blizzard studio to try to form a union.


The 57 people who work in the proletariat unit, which includes animators, designers, engineers, producers, and quality assurance workers, said they have asked the National Labor Relations Board for a union representation election (NLRB).

Activision said that it got the petition on Wednesday and that it will give the NLRB a response in the next few days.

Activision said earlier in July that it had hired Proletariat to help make its online role-playing game “World of Warcraft” better.

Related: Sources say that Microsoft is likely to make some changes to the Activision deal soon.

Workers who test games at Activision’s Blizzard Albany unit have voted to form a union. This comes after the company started talking to workers at its Wisconsin unit, which was the first in the company to unionise, about forming a union.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT), which makes the Xbox, agreed to buy the company that makes Call of Duty for $69 billion. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the European Union, and the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK have all said that this deal violates antitrust laws.



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