Raven Software workers form union

Following a count of ballots on Monday, a small group of quality assurance testers at Raven Software, a Middleton-based division of game publisher Activision Blizzard, voted 19–3 to unionize, creating the first labor union at a large U.S. video game company, according to an article by the Associated Press. The unionization campaign by employees at Raven Software, which develops the popular Call of Duty game franchise, was part of a broader internal shakeup at Activision Blizzard, a Santa Monica, California-based gaming company with roughly 10,000 employees worldwide.

The game publisher — which Microsoft is in the process of buying for nearly $69 billion — has been under intense public scrutiny since California’s civil rights agency sued it last year over an alleged “frat boy” culture that discriminated against women. Microsoft has said it wouldn’t interfere in any unionization efforts.