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Daily Crunch: Raba Partnership leads $2.1M seed round for African fintech startup Thepeer

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Blockchain gaming unfazed by crypto volatility as gamers ‘seek out entertainment’

While the crypto industry was in free fall over the past few months, web3 games remained fairly stable.

Activision Blizzard shareholders reject board seat for employees

As Activision Blizzard faces numerous sexual harassment lawsuits and investigations, employee activists have rallied to get a seat on the company board to represent the voice of the staff. Despite maj

A group of Activision Blizzard workers vote to unionize

After months of organizing, the quality assurance testers at Raven Software, a division of gaming giant Activision Blizzard, have voted to unionize. This marks the first union at a major gaming compan

Daily Crunch: In latest earnings release, Twitter admits to miscounting users for the second time

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Activision Blizzard stockholders vote in favor of $68.7B sale to Microsoft

At a special meeting today, Activision Blizzard stockholders approved Microsoft’s proposal to acquire the gaming company for $68.7 billion. This all-cash transaction values the creator of games

NLRB rules Activision Blizzard’s first union at Raven Software can vote for recognition

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled today that the first union at a major U.S. gaming company can file for a formal union election. In January, the quality assurance (QA) department of Rav

An Apple Store in Atlanta is the first to file for a union election

Apple retail workers at the Cumberland Mall store in Atlanta, Georgia became the first group of U.S. Apple store workers to reach a crucial step in the formal unionization process: filing for a union

Sheryl Sandberg under fire for trying to kill a story about her ex, the CEO of Activision Blizzard

Meta Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is now facing “internal scrutiny” at the company after pressuring U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail to kill a story about her former boyfriend, Activ

Activision Blizzard flip-flops on vaccination policies as employees walk out

It’s been a rocky time for employees at Activision Blizzard as they weather sexual harassment scandals, a landmark acquisition by Microsoft and textbook examples of corporate union-busting. Then, la

Netflix, PayPal, Adobe and others join tech companies suspending business in Russia

Numerous tech companies are joining the growing list of tech brands that are suspending their operations in Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine. The latest batch of companies doing so includes several

Tripledot snaps up $116M at a $1.4B valuation as casual mobile games become serious business

Casual mobile games have reached a fever pitch of interest with consumers, and so too with investors, who are rushing to back the biggest and most promising startups building these quick hits of engag

Microsoft says it will open up the Xbox store in light of the Activision Blizzard deal

Microsoft is working to warm lawmakers up to its plans to bring a collection of the world’s most popular video games under its wing. The company announced its intention to buy Activision Blizzar

Daily Crunch: Citrix to be acquired by Vista and Evergreen/Elliott in $16.5B all-cash deal

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Blizzard is working on a brand new survival game that could define its next era

It might still be in the headlines every day for organizational chaos, union busting and being part of the biggest gaming acquisition ever, but Blizzard is apparently hard at work on its next original

Activision Blizzard won’t voluntarily recognize the historic Raven Software QA union

Last week, quality assurance testers at Activision Blizzard division Raven Software formed the first union at a major U.S. gaming company, comprising their 34-member unit. But last night, the gaming g

Daily Crunch: IBM sells off Watson Health unit to private equity firm Francisco Partners

I normally try to bring some pep to my little intros in this missive. But today I am going to avoid astruturning my own mood to simply say, hey, what's up with the stock market?

TechCrunch+ roundup: 2022 VC predictions, how to hook an angel, product advisory councils

Well-researched personas are useful, but nothing is better than talking to a customer if you want to understand what delights them — and what they're willing to pay for.

Raven Software testers at Activision Blizzard form the first union at a major US gaming company

Today, Raven Software’s quality assurance (QA) department — which mostly works on “Call of Duty” as part of Activision Blizzard — became the first union to form at a majo

Why Microsoft’s $2T+ market cap makes its $68B Activision buy a cheap bet

Wth a market cap just over $2 trillion, Microsoft has vast resources to invest in the most logical parts of its business.
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