Around the Monitor 7/23 - Activision Blizzard Employees Walk Out

Jul 30, 04:34 PM
Around the Monitor's back bringing you the week's hottest gaming news! Topics include: Activision Blizzard employees walk out and everything is terrible, also Pokemon Unite has predatory monetization, and Krispy Kreme is making Xbox doughnuts?

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Time Codes:

00:00 - Intro
1:43 - Trivia: What is Bobby Kotick’s net worth?
5:27 - Topics
6:15 - Let’s talk about Activision some more...
Activision’s employees sign petition in protest of the company’s response to lawsuit
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-26/activision-blizzard-staff-sign-petition-supporting-labor-lawsuit 
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick writes open letter to employees
https://kotaku.com/activision-ceo-bobby-kotick-comments-on-harassment-alle-1847374627 
Social Media Messages surface regarding “the cosby suite”
https://kotaku.com/inside-blizzard-developers-infamous-bill-cosby-suite-1847378762
It’s so bad that Ubisoft’s employees also took this moment to address what hasn’t been done to fix things at their company
https://www.axios.com/ubisoft-workers-letter-activision-blizzard-harassment-392fd998-9518-4d1c-9ca7-24a7c4534bb3.html
Blizzard employees stage a walkout and make a list of 4 requests
https://kotaku.com/activision-blizzard-employees-plan-walkout-wednesday-to-1847362030?rev=1627481333014 
And as all of this is happening, Activision has hired a union busting firm
https://kotaku.com/activision-blizzard-hires-union-busting-firm-as-workers-1847386654
40:49 - Palette Cleanser 
41:45 - Pokemon Unite under fire for monetization
https://www.cbr.com/pokemon-unite-excessive-microtransactions/ 
48:31 - The PS5 is still the fastest selling PlayStation console
https://www.polygon.com/2021/7/28/22597914/playstation-5-sales-numbers-million-fastest-selling-consoles-sony
53:54 - Xbox partners with Krispy Kreme to make… Xbox Doughnuts. Yes, really.
https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2021/7/28/22597592/krispy-kreme-xbox-doughnut-donut-uk 
56:23 - The Winner is…
57:52 - Closing and Plugs

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