In the meantime an incredibly vocal segment from WOTLK Gold Activision, Blizzard, and King employees, who are referred to as the ABK Workers Alliance, has been unable to get the demands of all four to have a more harmonious workplace fulfilled by the company’s leadership. The demands include the end of forced arbitration, the implementation of inclusive hiring and recruiting practices, increased pay transparency through compensation metrics, and an audit of policies and procedures to be performed by a neutral third-party.
“We recognize that we’ve got work to do to win back the trust of our community. I’m aware that we as the leadership team at Blizzard are working to win back our team’s trust and the trust of our employees.” — WoW game director Ion Hazzikostas
A few of these demands are now, after years of silence, accepted by the leadership. In a letter from Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick posted on the internet prior to the company’s November 2 investor conference call, Kotick said the company is working to implement the “strictest harassment and non-retaliation guidelines of any employer.” The company has pledged to increase the percentage of women and people who are non-binary by 50%, in addition to investing $250 million “to accelerate opportunities to attract diverse talent.”
Kotick was also determined to stop the forced arbitration of sexual harassment and discrimination complaints. The company is also planning to increase transparency in pay too Kotick has announced that the company will be sharing pay equity reports annually. Kotick saying the company will release pay equity data each year.
The above changes are one step towards the correct direction, and do look to at least part of satisfying employee demands. Other actions that the company has taken go against those of employees of ABK Workers Alliance. Activision Blizzard did select a third party to conduct an audit of corporate policies. However, as members of the ABK Workers Alliance has pointed out, the law firm at buy WOW WOTLK Classic Gold issue, WilmerHale, has a existing relationship with some Activision Blizzard executives and is known to have used the anti-union strategy on behalf of firms like Amazon and Uber previously.