As companies like Activision continue to make record profits as they lay off large portions of their staff, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is calling for game developers to unionize.
AFL-CIO treasurer Liz Shuler has written a letter, published on Kotaku, detailing an argument for why an industry facing overworked conditions, sudden joblessness, and the emergence of groups favoring the notion should work to unionize.
Shuler writes that the game industry, which she cites as one of the most lucrative “commodities” the U.S. produces, is built off the back of workers who passionately work tireless hours to produce works of art that bring joy to millions of players. “There’s nothing more powerful than throwing yourself into your craft, putting in day after day of passionate, hard work,” she says.
According to Shuler, however, workers are not being fairly compensated by this work, and argues that, regardless of game developers' passion for t..