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UPDATED: Activision Blizzard Vaccination and Office Return Policies Spark New Walkout Before Some Reversals

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Activision Blizzard, which had decided to scrap the company’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement and require all employees to return to in-person work, has updated that policy to allow leadership at individual divisions to determine their own policies. On Friday, ABK Workers Alliance announced a walkout scheduled for today over three demands made over the original policies on vaccine mandates and return to office policy.

Since the original return to office demands and end of vaccine mandates company wide were made public, the workers group announced a walkout with three demands: “An immediate reversal to lifting the vaccine requirement. Remote work should be offered as a permanent solution. The decision to work remote or in office should be made by each individual employee.”

Later on April 1st, Chief Administrative Officer Brian Bulatao sent a followup email to employees with updates. In the email, he states “For the majority of our employees, we are still operating under a voluntary return to office opportunity” and says that while the company wide vaccine mandate has ended, leadership of individual divisions of Activision, Blizzard, and King can “determine the policies that work best for their employees and locations based on local conditions and risk”. 

Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier later reported that Blizzard’s Mike Ybarra emailed staff to inform that the company will continue requiring vaccination for at least a few more months. Other employees have also shared that other divisions of the company have reinstated their vaccine mandates.

ABK has not updated on the status of its planned walkout, but it is still scheduled for today at 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT. 

While the vaccine mandate is still alive among certain companies within Activision Blizzard King, Bulatao’s email does seem to indicate that remote work is going to continue to be a potential sticking point. “We will continue to clarify our plans as we get closer to our full return date,” the email ends. 

UPDATE: ABK has revised its demands, as the walkout is set to go on as planned:

Update #2: Due to bad weather, the demonstration has moved online.


Christina Gonzalez

Christina is MMORPG.COM’s News Editor and a contributor since 2011. Always a fan of great community and wondering if the same sort of magic that was her first guild exists anymore.

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