Quality of Life Issues are
Holding Back the Game Industry
is an open letter from the International Game Developers Association deploring
the "horrible working conditions" in the game development industry. Here's a
Despite the continued success of the games industry, the immaturity
of current business and production practices is severely crippling the industry
. The recent frenzy of discussion over impassioned testimony about the horrible
working conditions within much of the industry attests to the reality of this
often unspoken disease.
As the professional association that unites the game development community and
serves as its voice, the International Game Developers Association is deeply
disturbed by this vicious cycle and is working to better the situation.
Improving the quality of life of game developers is an IGDA priority.
In tackling quality of life issues, it is important to realize that poor quality
of life is symptomatic of more fundamental challenges within the industry (e.g.,
consolidation, ever-evolving technology, one-sided contracting, lack of project
management expertise, no craft/job standards, etc), which in turn all need to be
addressed in order to truly improve our work/life balance.
What's more, game developers are sometimes just as much to blame for submitting
themselves to extreme working conditions, adopting a macho bravado in hopes of
“proving” themselves worthy for the industry. Our own attitudes towards
work/life balance and production practices need to change just as much as the
attitudes of the “suits.”