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.
Microsoft's Purchase of Activision Faces Antitrust Backlash
In a recent development, videogame publisher Activision Blizzard has faced backlash from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the European Union, and the United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority over its $69 billion acquisition by Microsoft. The Xbox maker's purchase of Call of Duty maker Activision has raised concerns about antitrust violations.