Last week, Activision Blizzard told employees it would end its vaccine mandate for workers returning to the office. Some employees protested the choice, announcing a walkout for Monday, April 4 (today, as this story goes live). Now, members of ABK Workers Alliance have announced that Activision Blizzard has reversed course, and now intends to let individual studios set their own vaccination and testing policies.
“ABK Leadership has heard our voice, and on Friday after our demands went public, they walked back on the immediate removal of the Vaccination policy, and are now allowing studios to create their own policies,” ABK Workers Alliance says in a statement on social media today. “We are currently aware that four Studios have reversed course, and have a vaccination/testing policy in place. We believe that by continuing to speak loudly, we can make a difference!”
Activision Blizzard said in a statement on Friday (via Polygon) that “for the majority of our employees, we are still operating under a voluntary return to office opportunity”. The company also said it “will not retaliate for any decision to participate in this walkout”.