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Activision Blizzard employees stage another walkout, this time as vaccination warrants end

Activision Blizzard employees stage another walkout, this time as vaccination warrants end

Activision Blizzard employees are staging another strike next week, this one at the end of the company-wide vaccination mandate.

The warrant was removed “with immediate effect” in an announcement obtained by Kotaku. Activision Blizzard Chief Administrative Officer Brian Bulatao cited a desire to return the benefits of “in-person collaboration” in the announcement. Bulatao said Activision Blizzard is aware of the risks of COVID-19 and the company will monitor the situation.

Current and former Activision Blizzard employees reacted quickly to the decision on social media.

“So they decided they just wanted to let COVID run rampant? I’m sure it won’t cause any delays as whole teams will be taken down by the disease,” former Blizzard designer Kim Acuff Steiner wrote.

COVID-19 cases have declined since the Omicron variant outbreak in late 2021. However, the pandemic remains a risk, with many journalists and developers testing positive for COVID-19 after last week’s Game Developers Conference.

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