Microsoft purchasing Activision Blizzard is big news for gamers, but that hasn’t changed the demands of Activision Blizzard King (ABK) Workers Alliance. While many hope that Microsoft’s acquisition will force improvements, ABK Workers Alliance's continuing their fight in the meantime.
Commenting on the acquisition (thanks NME), ABK Workers Alliance issued a statement, calling this news "surprising" but stating it doesn't change their goals. Microsoft buying the company isn’t an immediate fix, and the Alliance hopes to see major changes that end workplace abuse, offering an improved environment for female employees.
Activision Blizzard Workers Alliance Won't Back Down Following Microsoft Acquisition
Unsurprisingly, there's been significant speculation about Bobby Kotick stepping down after Microsoft goes through, though this isn't expected to be finalised until June 2023. Until then at least, Bobby Kotick will remain CEO of Activision Blizzard, while the ABK Workers Alliance has previously demanded his resignation.
Activision Blizzard continues to fend off lawsuits over alleged work abuse, including alleged sexual harassment of female employees. Bobby Kotick has also been accused of covering up such behavior as part of the lawsuit. We'll keep you informed with further changes.