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The alliance includes Activision employees, as well as affiliates, who are demanding better working conditions following complaints of discrimination and harassment. Sweden-based King Games is a key division of Activision Blizzard, producing mobile games such as the popular “Candy Crush”.

The layoffs came as workers heard “repeatedly” that “positive departmental changes” would come earlier in the year, the alliance said.

But a contractor, unlike a full-time employee, can be hired for a predetermined period, and for specific projects. And in the state of Wisconsin, any employee of a company is “at will,” which means either the staff member or the workplace can end an employment relationship at any time.

In early December, hundreds of Raven Software employees staged online walkouts to protest the Activision layoffs.

They sent email notifications to managers that they were out of the office, demanding the rehiring of any employees whose contracts were not renewed in return.

“News of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision is surprising, but does not change the goals of the ABK Worker’s Alliance,” the alliance said in a Twitter post. declaration Tuesday, adding that the Raven walkouts have entered their fifth week and staff have “still not received a response from management regarding our request for negotiation.”