unionization

labor

'League of Legends' Studio Faces Employee Walkout, Promises Changes

Riot Games' decision to try and block lawsuits being filed against the company prompted an enormous internal blowback it's still wrestling with.
Patrick Klepek
4.29.19
Games Features

Giving Workers Equal Power Isn't Radical. This Studio's Done It For Years.

Canadian developer KO_OP has been experimenting with the co-op model long before America's socialism flirtation—and it's working.
Patrick Klepek
3.12.19
GAMES

Activision Blizzard Reports Record Revenue as They Fuck Over 800 Employees

At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the pursuit of endless growth and endless profits.
Patrick Klepek
2.12.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

Weed Workers Are Unionizing and Reigniting the Labor Movement

In an industry with a long history of sexual harassment and other rough conditions, unions see an opportunity.
VICE Staff
2.4.19
labor

In 2018, Video Game Developers Took Unionization Seriously

In a year filled with debate about work-life balance, crunch culture, and "passion," the first steps towards developer organization are finally being taken.
Dante Douglas
12.17.18
politics

Don't Let Telltale Milk Your Fandom Until They Pay The Workers They Screwed

Even if 'The Walking Dead' comes back, it means nothing if the company's 275 employees never get a severance check.
Patrick Klepek
9.25.18
E3 2018

We Asked Nintendo, Microsoft, and 12 Other Devs How They Deal With Crunch

Some didn't want to talk about it, others praised governments with pro-labor laws, and most were somewhere in-between.
Waypoint Staff
7.9.18
Listen

Why Are So Many People Leaving Video Games?

On today's Waypoint Radio, we talk about the industry's talent exodus.
Danielle Riendeau
6.1.18
unionization

Stability, Support, and Safety: Small Game Studios Need Unions Too

Most of the discussion around games and labor focuses on AAA developers. But indie game developers could also benefit from the added stability and workplace protections offered by organizing.
Dante Douglas
5.3.18
Fast Food

Burgerville Workers in Portland Successfully Form First Fast Food Union in US

The union marks a major victory in the ongoing struggle for fast food workers' rights.
Dave Minsky
4.26.18
labor

A 90-Hour Work Week Is Believable Because Game Development Is Toxic

It doesn't matter if the developers of 'Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor — Martyr' were joking. What matters is people believed it.
Patrick Klepek
4.20.18
labor

After Destroying Lives For Decades, Gaming Is Finally Talking Unionization

A concern-trolling panel at the Game Developers Conference was the catalyst that led workers to start organizing in a way they never have before.
Ian Williams
3.23.18
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