In December 2022, high quality assurance employees at ZeniMax introduced their intention to kind a union. The 300 QA employees have now voted “overwhelmingly” to unionise and the union has been voluntarily recognised by ZeniMax house owners Microsoft, making ZeniMax Staff United the biggest union within the video games trade.
As per QA employees at Raven Software program and Blizzard Albany earlier than them, ZeniMax Staff United have partnered with the umbrella Communication Staff Of America (CWA) union.
Not like these unions, ZeniMax employees didn’t should take their combat for a union to the US Nationwide Labor Relations Board. Activision Blizzard, house owners of Raven Software program and Blizzard Albany, refused to voluntarily recognise employees unionisation efforts, prompting a authorized combat which in the end the employees gained. ZeniMax is owned by Microsoft, who final 12 months publicly introduced a neutrality settlement with the CWA – probably as a option to assuage issues over their ongoing efforts to purchase Activision Blizzard for $69 billion.
Whereas ZeniMax is greatest often known as Bethesda Softworks former dad or mum firm earlier than the Microsoft acquisition, the 300 QA employees employed there work throughout all associated studios – together with Arkane, Id Software program, ZeniMax On-line Studios, Tango Gameworks and MachineGames.
“We’re thrilled to kick off 2023 in a office that is stronger and extra equitable than it was final 12 months,” stated ZeniMax QA tester Skylar Hinnant. “That is an empowering victory that permits us to guard ourselves and one another in a approach we by no means may with out a union.”
In a press release to PC Gamer, Microsoft stated that they seemed ahead “to participating in good religion negotiations as we work in direction of a collective bargaining settlement.” ZeniMax Staff United can also be the primary recognised union of Microsoft workers.