Forced arbitration is extremely common across many, many business sectors, theres nothing particularly special about the games industry for this.
So lets see if blizzard has a new scandal this week.... yep, just like every other week in the last 2 months. I'm kind of disgusted with myself for supporting this company for so many years.
It just really hurts seeing that game studio that made some of the most beloved games I have ever played fall apart like this... it's like a reality check now that the facade has crumbled...I can only hope that this is a wakeup call for the games industry. This needs to change yesterday.
Ah good ole American free enterprise business practicesThey haven't changed all that much in 200 years, what with Rail Barons, Coal Barons, Robber barons, Wolves of Wall Street and the eleit 0.01% of today et al.With only mild swings towards people who do the actual work making a living wage and not being treated like dirt.The arbitration thing is damn well standard in all the big US companies along with harsh nondisclosure clauses and, as the article explains, is used to suppress employees, suppliers and customers that were hurt through corporate negligence and malfeasance.It is harder to enforce without getting their knuckles rapped in other first world jurisdictions, but they are working on it buying them out, and they can afford the piddly fines with ease since no executives have ever faced prison.
It may get flagged for being inappropriate, but if we take AOC's message (on her dress) to be sincere, it's taxing appropriately that will make companies feel they need to be more accountable to society. If a company has to pay proper tax because they exist, they can also be legislated in contrast to be a better company. But additionally, there needs to be accountability towards staff and give them more ownership. I recently remembered a story I saw told by someone and she told how her grandfather owned a paper product company and then when he retired he gave the company as an employee-owned business to all the staff who were working there. I think a similar initiative should happen with Blizzard Entertainment (after severing from Activision which owns nine studios including Blizzard Entertainment as it is). I went down the rabbit hole and looked at the history, and there's a comment of the previous Synapse co-owner (cannot remember the name and not in the mood to search for it again) but he supposedly said "knowing how much Blizzard was worth to Kotick." And this last bit is exactly the problem, and btw, it's laughable for Kotick to proclaim about doing better when he was himself involved in a s**ual harassment case involving the air hostess who worked on his private plane (she probably has a thing or two to say about Kotick). Kotick had allegedly stated she was disruptive and sacked her, when she was the victim. The situation surrounding her sounded, to me at least, to familiar and too "the same" as what happened to Blizzard Entertainment.I think that it's Kotick himself ALLEGEDLY who encouraged or caused this rockstar attitude in the people who ended up working at Blizzard Entertainment. It was Kotick who, according to the page about J. Allen Brack had "handpicked him" as Morhaime's replacement. Who knows what the real story is with Morhaime leaving but I don't buy the whole "wanted to retire" thing. It could be ALLEGEDLY that Morhaime was pushed out. That Kotick has been pushing out the FOUNDERS of the Blizzard Entertainment company from the day he bought it. He was interested in the business in 2006 and finalized in 2008. The problems had ALLEGEDLY existed from what... 2005 or 2006 or 2007 or something like it? (please correct me on the year if you want to)The situation with the air hostess was in 2007. That would say that from that year there's been a bad example at the top of the company. The buck stops with the person who owns everything. The bad apple is Kotick. They talk about getting the bad apples removed. Get the one at the top also removed. Make Blizzard Entertainment a company, like in the example given above, a business owned by its employees, and maybe that's better than game time reward as been done in the past. If you own what you create you have more pride in working on what it produces. If they have ownership over Blizzard Entertainment and I mean 100% AWAY from Activision.Also not trying to throw shade, but when https://www.linkedin.com/in/jallenbrack/ shows him still listed as the president and has NEVER been updated there's really something dodgy. Either he cannot be bothered with visiting the page OR his "departure" and therefore the two co-leader thing is just for show, and therefore fake.Whoever deals with all the stuff to do with employment needs to make a ruling that severs the link between Activision and Blizzard Entertainment. In 2006, when Kotick "became interested in the company" Blizzard Entertainment already had a worth of a billion dollars. It's probably ten times more now. But in how Kotick has always regarded Blizzard Entertainment as a "cash cow" it shows he has no regard for THE PLAYER BASE to have a decent product that can thrive in terms of respect for the game. And he's one the people that AOC's message is aimed at. He needs to be made accountable for his behaviour towards OUR game.I hope therefore that all this situation and all these court cases do make it into a company that can go alone and be the beacon it had wanted to be...
Gold digging @#$%^s has smell money in the water.
Meanwhile, 95% of companies in the S&P 500 have mandatory arbitration clauses. if the workers wanted to go somewhere without one they would be working for a startup making 30k a year. It's literally outrageous demand and blizzard should really laugh at the people asking for it and tell them to go find new jobs if they don't like it
Seems they are trying to milk Blizzard before abandoning ship. A %^&* move I would say. Well these are the people also responsible for Blizzard's downhill so they have to prove they are worth people's support instead of giving us a walkout and some lecture over social media. Kudos to Blizzard devs working their butt off trying to maintain the game despite all this.