Op Ed

  • IGN - Former Blizzard Developer and ArenaNet, Undead Labs Founder: "We Need Unionization."
    "During my 25 years working alongside talented developers, I’ve heard hundreds of profoundly disturbing stories about their industry experiences. I’ve also seen this cycle repeat itself numerous times, across multiple companies throughout our industry. There has certainly been some positive change, and I do believe many developers and publishers — even large ones — are working in good faith to improve. But those efforts, while commendable, can’t address the chronic issues in our industry systemically. In order to do that, game industry employees need advocacy and representation.

    We need unionization."
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WannaLogAlready wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 04:33:
"Most European countries have far greater levels of union coverage than the USA.
As of 2013, more than two-thirds of workers in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland were union members." And those countries are better places to live than the USA.
Fun fact about Denmark:
There is no minimum wage law, yet McDonald's employees make ~$20/hour.

This is in part due to the 3-party negotiation tradition, where the government is a mediator in the negotiations between companies and unions. The Danish government is seen as a neutral party since they want to keep both workers and companies happy. They want workers (ie. voters) to be compensated in a fair manner and they want economical growth for companies (hoping to create more jobs).
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