Activision Blizzard Workers Make A Game Where The Bad Guy Is A Union-Busting Boss

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has just announced a brand new game that “reflects the growing worker organizing happening within the gaming industry.” Made by Activision Blizzard employees who are struggling to receive recognition for their announced union, details of the new game were laid out in a series of Tweets from the CWA.

You play as an anthropomorphic cat that works at a game studio with terrible work conditions, long hours, harassment, and a host of other problems that coincidentally are shared with studios at Activision Blizzard. As the cat, you try to encourage employees to unionize, evangelizing all the great things that a union can provide such as higher wages, better treatment in the workplace, and the elimination of excessive overtime requirements.

”We launched this game to reflect the growing worker organizing happening within the industry and to address the anti-union measures taken at companies like Activision Blizzard who in the past year has had workers walk out to protest sexual harassment and discrimination,” wrote the CWA, which is partnering with Game Workers Alliance on its unionization efforts.

Details of the game, called ”Super Anti-Union Campaign Simulator,” remain scarce. Unveiled at GDC this week, the CWA released a few screenshots showcasing the furry protagonist trying to convince coworkers to unionize. The villain appeared to be a demonic, three-headed creature that finds union-busting “fun.” You'll be able to play the game when it releases on the official CWA website.

Most of the CWA’s press release regarding Super Anti-Union Campaign Simulator details its efforts to increase unionization within the video game industry. Just this month, the CWA asked the FTC to scrutinize Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard and consider ActiBlizz’s past efforts to prevent unionization. The CWA also backed a bill proposed by US Senator Warren that would ban corporate mergers that result in an uncompetitive environment for both employees and customers.

Recently, Game Workers Alliance sent a letter to Microsoft directly appealing for union recognition. Microsoft responded to say it would respect Activision Blizzard employees’ right to unionize and “will honor those decisions.” However, the tech giant declined to immediately offer that recognition.

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