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Bungie, the legendary game studio that created beloved franchises like Halo and Destiny, has made a sweeping change to their worker’s rights rules. The company announced in a blog post on Thursday that they will be removing forced arbitration clauses from their worker contracts, allowing workers to exercise their legal rights to challenge discriminatory practices in court.
Activision Blizzard, the company that once essentially owned Bungie, is currently facing a series of lawsuits over its alleged discrimination and workplace harassment of women and people of color. Activision Blizzard faces scrutiny from media outlets and fans alike for its arbitration clauses in particular, which force workers to waive their rights to sue their employer. Instead, the employer takes things to a third-party arbiter, but only one they approve.
Arbitration clauses are nothing new in the industry. Back in 2019, workers at Riot Games, the company that makes League of Legends, staged a walkout over their distaste for forced arbitration clauses. While Riot did change its arbitration policy, making it optional for new hires, existing workers are still bound by their original contracts.