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Video game workers form the first Microsoft union in the US

A group of video game testers form the first Microsoft union in the US, which will also become the largest in the video game industry.

Communications Workers of America said Tuesday that a majority of the approximately 300 quality assurance professionals at ZeniMax Studios, a Microsoft subsidiary, voted to join the union.

Microsoft has already told the CWA that it will agree to a unionization at its Maryland video game subsidiary, fulfilling a promise it has made to try to build public support for its $68.7 billion acquisition of another major gaming company, Activision Blizzard.

Microsoft bought ZeniMax for $7.5 billion in 2021, giving Xbox maker control over Bethesda Softworks’ renowned game publishing arm ZeniMax and popular game franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout.

Senior game tester Wayne Dayberry said in an interview with The Associated Press that the unionization campaign began before Microsoft took over and reflected workplace concerns that are prevalent in video game companies.

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