By James Scott/ DEC 7, 2022

At ZeniMax Studios, Owned by Microsoft, 300 QA Developers Unionize

According to its most recent commitment, the Xbox maker said it would voluntarily recognize the union.

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About 300 ZeniMax's quality assurance team members, including Bethesda dev other studios working on games members like Starfield and Elder Scrolls Online, declared today that they would join the Communications Workers of America union.

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Microsoft, which acquired ZeniMax in 2021, also stated that it would not obstruct them in the same way that Activision Blizzard's union drives would.

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"We congratulate Microsoft for being impartial throughout this process and allowing workers to choose whether or not they want a union," CWA President Christopher Shelton stated in a news statement.

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"The corporation is meeting the obligations they made earlier this year in its labor principles while sending a clear message to the video game industry: freely and equitably choose union representation should be in the hands of the workers, not management."

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According to the CWA, which has also established QA departments at Raven Software and Blizzard Albany, Microsoft has made it clear to ZeniMax managers that they must maintain objectivity throughout the procedure.

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