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Posts tagged “Game Workers Unite”

American trade union launches campaign for games industry unionisation

It's no secret that the video games industry is plagued with workplace issues from abusive culture and long hours of 'crunch' to cyclical layoffs even at huge -- and hugely profitable -- companies. Interest has been growing in unionisation to help shift the balance of power in the industry and start changing it for the better, and today the movement got a fair boost. The…

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Game Workers Unite UK is the nations’s first official games industry union

Videogames are awesome (and also one word), but the industry making them has some undeniable problems. The newly-established Game Workers Unite UK, now an official branch of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) hopes to make things a little better for folks in the business, reduce worker exploitation and improve diversity. We've all heard tales of soul-shattering crunch, unpaid overtime and people axed from…

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Feature: The 1000 step program

Soundbyte: Why is it so hard to start a union in the games industry?

Welcome to Soundbyte, an audio mini-series that stimulates your ears and explores topics in the games industry. In our first episode, Pixel Picketers, we're talking about unionisation in the games industry, what some folks are doing to make it happen, and the challenges they face. Let's start by speaking to Doug Cockle, who plays Geralt in The Witcher among other roles, about his negative experiences in…

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Feature: It begins with unionisation

The game industry needs to change and it begins now

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”Steve Kaplan was in GDC to take part in a roundtable discussion about the pros and cons of unionisation in the games industry. He works in the entertainment industry and had travelled from Los Angeles, where he organises unions for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, to be the union rep in the room during…

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