Activision Is Being Sued By Pro Players For ‘Monopolistic’ Call Of Duty Tournament Policies

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Activision Blizzard is one again in the legal limelight for allegedly requiring Call of Duty esports players to submit to monopolistic tournament terms and policies. Professional esports players Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez and Seth “Scump” Abner recently filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that it introduced exploitative policies when it exclusively took over all Call of Duty esports tournaments. The [...]

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Microsoft Responds To FTC Complaint Saying That Activision Blizzard Was Already Planning Layoffs

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a federal complaint with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week, claiming that Microsoft went back on its word that no layoffs will happen at Activision Blizzard following its acquisition of the studio, which was among those that were heavily affected by the mass layoffs at Microsoft’s gaming division last month. The FTC [...]

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The FTC Has Filed A Complaint Against Microsoft Following Last Month’s Layoffs

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The US Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against Microsoft, claiming that it violated the terms of its merger agreement with Activision Blizzard. According to the FTC, Microsoft previously stipulated that there would be no layoffs following the acquisition but then proceeded to do just that when it laid off 1900 employees across its gaming division. The FTC, of [...]

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Former Call Of Duty General Manager Johanna Faries Named The New President Of Blizzard

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Microsoft has named Call of Duty general manager Johanna Faries as the new head honcho of Blizzard Entertainment after former president Mike Ybarra was booted out of the company as part of the mass layoffs at Microsoft’s gaming divisions last week. Faries will officially assume the mantle of president on February 5 and shared a brief statement on her new [...]

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Microsoft Lays Off 1,900 Gaming Division Staff Including Blizzard President Mike Ybarra

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Even the mighty Microsoft isn’t immune to the massive layoffs sweeping across the video game and tech industries as it announces plans to reduce its gaming division’s workforce 8%, affecting roughly 1,900 employees from recently acquired Activision Blizzard, ZeniMax Online Studios, and even Xbox. “As we move forward in 2024, the leadership of Microsoft Gaming and Activision Blizzard is committed [...]

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Bobby Kotick Received $15 Million Golden Parachute With His Recent Departure

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The end of Bobby Kotick’s lengthy stint as CEO of Activision Blizzard last week has opened the floodgates to articles and posts about his infamous reign. On one hand, there are those who criticize his villainous leadership of the company, oftentimes bordering on being comical. On the other, he’s also received reluctant praise for his hand in bringing in record-breaking [...]

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Activision Blizzard Staff Recount Bobby Kotick’s Tyrannical Rule As CEO Following His Exit

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December 29 has come and gone, marking the end of Bobby Kotick’s 32-year reign as CEO of Activision Blizzard. With Kotick now gone, current and former employees have taken to social media to speak out against his tyrannical rule and poor leadership over the controversial video game company. One employee recounted the time when Kotick threatened to have his female [...]

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Bobby Kotick Is Stepping Down Next Week After 32 Years As Activision Blizzard’s CEO

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Bobby Kotick’s scandal-riddled term as CEO of Activision Blizzard is coming to an end next week in line with Microsoft’s acquisition of the company. Kotick became infamous in these parts for his anti-union efforts despite his claims to the contrary, condoning sexual harassment within the company, as well as allegedly harassing employees and flight attendants himself and threatening to have [...]

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Epic Vs. Google Trial Unearths Activision Blizzard’s Failed Attempt At A Mobile Storefront

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Epic Games ongoing antitrust lawsuit against Google has unearthed some pretty interesting information about the power play that’s afoot in the video game industry. Those include Google’s plans to acquire Epic. Epic’s plans to take Sony to court if it didn’t allow crossplay, and more recently, Activision Blizzard’s plans to launch their own mobile storefront. Activision Blizzard’s top brass had [...]

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Microsoft And Activision Blizzard Finalize Their Merger After CMA Gives Its Approval

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It’s been a long uphill battle for Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, but both parties have finally inked their $69 billion merger after the UK Competition and Markets Authority officially gave its approval. To recap, the merger was first announced back in 2021, right around the same time that Activision Blizzard was facing massive backlash for alleged sexual harassment and discrimination [...]

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