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By Daniel Wiessner
(Reuters) – Staff who check video games at Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:).’s unit Blizzard Albany have voted to type a union months after the video games developer started negotiating with workers at its Wisconsin unit, the primary within the firm to unionize.
The employees based mostly close to Albany, New York voted 14-0 to hitch the Communication Staff of America union, the Nationwide Labor Relations Board mentioned on Friday.
Blizzard Albany has developed installments of in style online game franchises together with Guitar Hero, Name of Responsibility, and Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater.
Activision had argued that Blizzard Albany’s complete workforce of about 100 workers, together with manufacturing staff, ought to have been concerned within the union vote and never solely recreation testers.
The NLRB rejected these claims earlier this week, saying recreation testers may type their very own bargaining unit as a result of they carry out a definite position and have separate supervision and considerably decrease wages than different workers.
Activision and the union didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
The corporate has till subsequent week to object to the election outcomes. If it doesn’t, Activision is legally required to start bargaining with the union.
Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:) earlier this yr mentioned it could pay $69 billion to accumulate Activision, although the deal is dealing with antitrust scrutiny from U.S. and European regulators.
The vote introduced on Friday got here after about two dozen workers of Activision unit Raven (NASDAQ:) Software program voted to unionize in Might. Activision acknowledged the union and commenced negotiations in June.
The NLRB has accused Activision of violating federal labor legislation by threatening retaliation towards staff who use social media to debate working situations. Activision has denied wrongdoing within the case, which is pending.