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Video Game Workers In The U.K. Are Unionizing, Citing Long Hours And a Lack Diversity

For the first time ever, video game workers in the U.K. are getting the chance to unionize with the help of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB). “The game workers’ decision to unionize with the IWGB should be a wake-up call for the UK’s gaming industry,” IWGB General Secretary Jason Moyer-Lee said in a press release. As one of the fastest growing industries in the U.K., video games are taking a toll on employees who work long hours with unpaid overtime, commonly referred to as “crunching.” Workers have been reported to work as much as 100 hours a week in an effort to meet demand and deadlines for projects. The union is also targeting zero-hours contracts, which do not guarantee employees a minimum amount of hours to work each week. These use-as-needed contracts can negatively impact workers’ pay and are often used among quality assurance testers. “For as long as I can remember it has been considered normal for games workers to endure zero-hours contracts, excessive...

Arriana McLymore

Dec 15, 2018