Good news all around. Raven Software QA officially became a unionized video game company only a few days ago, and Microsoft won’t stand in the way either. Raven Software currently performs under Activision, however, at the start of 2022, Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard for 68.7 billion dollars, meaning Raven QA will eventually become a part of Microsoft as well.
The executive vice president of gaming at Microsoft, Phil Spencer asserted that all the heads at Microsoft “absolutely support employees’ rights to organize and form unions” and added that Raven Software QA will have their full support on the matter. Prior to Raven QA finally becoming an official major video game union, Microsoft corporate vice president Lisa Tanzi said they’ll respect the rights of Activision Blizzard employees, and it’s reassuring to see Microsoft executives voicing similar opinions about the issue at hand.
Per Kotaku, the Xbox head said:
“Once the deal closes, we would absolutely support [an] employees’ organization that’s in place.We think it is a right of employees and something that can be a part of a relationship between a company and people who work at the company.”
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is still under investigation, but if everything goes well, Raven Software QA will be a part of Microsoft and per the statements coming from the officials, they’ll retain their union status.