Activision backtracks on scrapped vaccine mandates after employees threaten another walkout

Activision Blizzard staff members proposed a walkout after the publisher’s leadership decided to drop office COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Last week on April 1, it was reported that Activision Blizzard leadership sent round a company-wide email, declaring that COVID-19 vaccine mandates would be scrapped as developers at the company prepared to return to the office (per Jason Schreier on Twitter (opens in new tab)). ABetterABK, a group of employees at Activision Blizzard, responded with the tweets below, threatening to conduct a company-wide walkout if the three demands weren’t met by studio leadership.

1. An immediate reversal to lifting the vaccine requirement2. Remote work should be offered as a permanent solution3. The decision to work remote or in office should be made by each individual employeeApril 1, 2022

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Chiefly, the workers organization demanded that Activision Blizzard reverse the decision to lift the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Additionally, the organization asked studio leadership that remote working be offered as a permanent option for all employees, so each individual worker at the developer can opt to work from home if and when they want.

Now though, Activision Blizzard appears to have met the first demand of ABetterABK. (opens in new tab) reported earlier today on April 4 that COVID-19 vaccine mandates would be decided upon by each individual office management, rather than being scrapped across every office at the entire company. Going forward, offices will now be able to decide to sustain or suspend the vaccine requirement for workers.

It’s not clear if the walkout by Activision Blizzard members will go ahead as planned. The organization originally stated that they would walk out later today on April 4 at approximately 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET/6 p.m. GMT if the three demands weren’t met. There’s been no word on whether Activision Blizzard has responded to the second and third demands of the worker’s organization, so we’ll have to wait and see whether the walkout goes ahead.

Last month, it was reported that insider trading investigations and shareholder lawsuits threaten to hinder Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition.

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