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Ubisoft logo. Photo illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A Better Ubisoft, a group of current and former employees fighting to change the company's culture, is calling for public support by way of an online petition.

Driving the news: "100 days ago we signed our open letter and set out our four key demands," the group tweeted on Friday. "None of our demands have been met."

  • The petition is open to anyone, including players, streamers, non-gamers and Ubisoft employees.
  • A Better Ubisoft is asking for the company, which makes popular series' like "Assassin’s Creed" and "Far Cry," to "stop promoting and moving known offenders from studio to studio, team to team with no repercussions." It also wants to establish rules and processes studios can use to handle such offenses in the future.
  • "We want a collective seat at the table, to have meaningful say in how Ubisoft as a company moves forward from here." Collaborations "must heavily involve" non-management employees and union representatives.

The big picture: Game workers are moving toward unionization and collective action in the wake of harassment, misconduct and discrimination investigations and lawsuits against Activision Blizzard.

  • A Better ABK, a collection of Activision Blizzard workers, publicly asked CEO Bobby Kotick to formally recognize its union on Oct. 30. The company has yet to respond.
  • Requests for comment from Activision Blizzard were not returned.

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Call of Duty: Warzone developers stage walkout over Activision layoffs

Screenshot: Activision

Organizers say more than 60 workers at the Call of Duty: Warzone studio Raven Software, owned by Activision Blizzard, walked out today, demanding the reinstatement of a dozen workers from the testing department.

Why it matters: Walkouts, long a maneuver of organized labor, are becoming a tactic in the non-unionized U.S. video game sector.

Ubisoft is the first big publisher to add in-game NFTs

Screenshot: Ubisoft promotional image for one of its in-game NFTs.

Ubisoft military shooter Ghost Recon Breakpoint will get three limited-edition in-game NFT items on Thursday — a helmet, a gun skin (read: look) and leg armor — which players will be able to resell through a new platform called Quartz.

Why it matters: While big game companies including Zynga, Square Enix and Take-Two have dabbled with or expressed interest in NFTs, Ubisoft is the first big publisher to put them in a major game.

California father and son accused of "reckless arson" in Calder Fire

Firefighters at the Caldor Fire along Highway 89 west of Lake Tahoe, California, in September. Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California officials said they arrested a father and son Wednesday on suspicion of starting the Caldor Fire, which threatened the Lake Tahoe area as it burned for over two months earlier this year. They deny any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: The wildfire was the 15th-biggest ever recorded in California, razing more than 1,000 structures, forcing thousands to evacuate and injuring five people as it burned across nearly 222,000 acres of land in El Dorado, Amador and Alpine counties.