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Activision's Boston Studio Workers Unionize

Fifty-seven workers at the recently acquired Activision studio, Proletariat, have announced their intention to form a union with the Communications Workers of America.

Activision and Blizzard Logo
Activision and Blizzard Logo

The Proletariat team, which includes animators, designers, engineers, producers, and quality assurance workers, has filed for a union representation election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This move makes the Boston-based studio the third Activision Blizzard studio to seek unionization.

Activision has confirmed that it received the petition from the NLRB and will provide a response in the coming days. In July, Activision announced the acquisition of Proletariat to expand the development pipeline for its online role-playing game "World of Warcraft."

This news follows the decision by workers at Activision's unit, Blizzard Albany, to form a union and the ongoing negotiations with employees at the Wisconsin unit, which was the first in the company to unionize.

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