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Call of Duty: Warzone – When does Operation Monarch go live?

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Godzilla and King Kong are nearly here… Operation Monarch is just around the corner, the latest big event taking place in Call of Duty: Warzone PacificWarzone Pacific. In it, we’re due to see two legendary monsters show up on the shores of Caldera – KIng Kong and Godzilla! During this event, players will actually be able to take control of these monsters, using their abilities to wipe out the map using their distinct abilities. If you’re excited for this event,…

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Activision Blizzard shareholders approve the company’s $69 billion acquisition by Microsoft

Shareholders in Activision Blizzard approved overwhelmingly to accept Microsoft Corporation’s offer of $68.7 billion (£54.66 billion) to acquire the company at yesterday’s Special Meeting of Stockholders. More than 98% of the shares voted in favour of the buyout offer, Activision Blizzard confirmed in a statement released on their website. The largest payment for a technology company in recorded history, toppling Dell’s acquisition of EMC Data Storage from 2016, it’s now expected the deal will conclude during Microsoft’s fiscal year, which ends on June 30th 2023. Read more

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Raven Software QA staff win their fight for union vote

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have ruled this week that Raven Software’s 21 QA staff can vote on whether to form a union. The decision comes after months of arguments by Raven and Activision Blizzard management that the employees’ petition be either denied or amended in such a way that, QA staff say, would have drastically reduced the chances of the vote being successful. Read more

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Activision Blizzard says Modern Warfare reboot sequel is “the most advanced experience in franchise history”

The company also touched on the next Call of Duty, Diablo Immortal, and more in its financial results. Activision Blizzard’s financial results for the first quarter of 2022 have been released, where the company touched on the next Call of Duty games and the upcoming release of Diablo Immortal. The financial results cover up to the end of the quarter, March 31, and obviously briefly touched on that whole Microsoft acquisition thing. It noted that the transaction is “expected to close in Microsoft’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2023,” with the boards of both Activision Blizzard and Microsoft having approved…

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Raven Software QA workers allowed to move forward with union vote

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The National Labor Relations Board filed the ruling allowing the workers to proceed. The National Labor Relations Board in the US has ruled in favour of allowing Raven Software’s quality assurance workers to vote on unionising. As reported by Polygon, the NLRB ruled on Friday (April 22) that the 21-person team will be able to vote on whether a union is formed or not. Raven Software parent company Activision Blizzard sought to challenge the QA workers’attempt at unionising earlier in…

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Godzilla Teased in Call of Duty: Warzone & Vanguard Season 3 trailer

The king of the monsters is lined up for an appearance in season 3 starting April 27. A new trailer for Call of Duty Warzone & Vanguard Season 3 has been released, showing off small teases of what to expect in the future months. This trailer, entirely cinematic without any actual gameplay, moves along the Warzone Pacific story with events on Caldera taking a turn for the worse. While we do get a look at three new operators in this trailer, who’ll in all likelihood become available upon the start of Season 3, the main reveal seems to be the…

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Activision Blizzard making temporary QA workers full-time, with pay raise and benefits

Activision Blizzard yesterday announced that they’re converting temporary QA staff in the US to full-time employees, with a pay raise and benefits to boot. Worker groups are celebrating this as a victory in their ongoing mission to force the company to improve the workplace. But one group are left out: the Raven QA staff who are currently forming a union. Actiblizz say labour law requires they do this; unions say it’s an attempt to punish and divide them. Read more

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Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders raise concerns about Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard

Four US senators have voiced concerns about Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard for $69 billion, urging the Federal Trade Commission to consider the impact on workers before approving the proposed merger. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Cory Booke raised this in a joint letter to the FTC chair yesterday. Considering that Actiblizz are facing many, many, many accusations of discriminatory and abusive working conditions, and that the CEO who reportedly intervened to protect one alleged harasser is still happily with the company, they’re worried that the merger might make things worse. Read more

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When is Warzone Pacific: Season 2 Reloaded going live?

Excited to jump into a brand new Rebirth island with Warzone: Season 2 Reloaded? Here’s the exact time when you’ll be able to do so! Warzone Pacific season 2 Reloaded is almost among us! If you’re excited to jump into a new Rebirth Island, as well as try out all the new challenges and guns, you’ll want to know exactly when Warzone Pacific season 2 Reloaded will be going live! To help you find out, we’ve written up this quick guide with all the major regional times, as well as a super quick recap on what’s coming with this update…

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Snoop Dogg is coming to Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone as an Operator

Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay. This April, a new Operator is coming to three Call of Duty games: Call of Duty: Mobile, Vanguard and Warzone, and it’s none other than D O Double G himself. That’s right. Martha Stewart’s best friend Snoop Dogg is coming to Call of Duty as a playable Operator. The first opportunity to play as the Dogg Father will be in Season 3 of Call of Duty: Mobile through a special Lucky Draw beginning on April 1. This Lucky Draw has him decked out in a 24K gold embroidered outfit. It also includes a…

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Call of Duty: Warzone is being developed for mobile

The project has various job openings available. Activision has announced it is developing Call of Duty: Warzone for mobile. According to a job listing, the company is putting together a team to develop a “AAA mobile experience that will bring the thrilling, fluid and large-scale action of Call of Duty: Warzone to players on the go.” The company is looking to fill various positions for this “ambitious mission” to bring the “large-scale, battle royale experience” to mobile. Open positions range from production to engineering, design, art, marketing, and more across multiple internal studios including Solid State Studios, Beenox, Digital Legends,…

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2023 won’t get a new main Call Of Duty, report claims

Call Of Duty launching a new sequel every year is a tradition older than the CoD players who tell me they’ve had sex with my mother. But this tradition may break next year, according to an unconfirmed report. Supposedly Activision have delayed next year’s game, leaving 2023 without a shiny new main series game. That doesn’t mean 2023 won’t have any new CoD, mind. Read more

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and new Warzone are coming this year

Information started to slip out this week about the next iteration of Call Of Duty. Now it’s confirmed: Infinity Ward are making Modern Warfare 2 for release later this year alongside a “new Warzone experience.” Modern Warfare 2 will be a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot, and both it and the new Warzone will run on a new engine. Read more

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Call of Duty’s next three games will still come to PlayStation – report

Despite Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the next three Call of Duty games are reportedly set to launch on PlayStation platforms Ever since Microsoft announced its intent to acquire Activision Blizzard, one of the burning questions that’s been on everyone’s lips has been related to Call of Duty: will Xbox let it launch on PlayStation consoles? Will Warzone stay multiplatform? Will it stick to a yearly release? We may have some preliminary answers on at least one of those issues now, a week after the initial acquisition press release was shared. A new report from Bloomberg claims Sony and Activision…

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Raven Software quality assurance workers are unionizing

This is the first union to be formed within the games industry. Raven Software workers in charge of quality assurance on Call of Duty: Warzone have formed a union dubbed the Game Workers Alliance which is part of the Communication Workers of America (CWA). Activision Blizzard employees have been threatening to unionize ever since they went on strike seven weeks ago, and of the Raven QA testers, 34 workers have decided to unionize. “Today, I am proud to join with a supermajority of my fellow workers to build our union, Game Workers Alliance (GWA),” said Raven Software tester Becka Aigner…