This is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.
|Session Name:||Do Game Developers Want a Union?|
|Speaker(s):||Johanna Weststar, Marie-Jose Legault|
|Company Name(s):||Western University, TLUQ|
|Track / Format:||Advocacy|
Did you know free users get access to 30% of content from the last 2 years?
|Overview:||Since game developers are skilled knowledge workers in project-based environments, it is assumed that they seek individual solutions to their employment challenges. However, recent data shows that many game developers are interested in workplace or industry representation and collective action. In a 2014 survey, 43.5% of the sample agreed or strongly agreed that they would rather raise workplace problems through an employee organization than as an individual. The same survey found that 36.3% of the sample would vote for a union at their studio and 55.7% would vote "yes" for an industry-wide union like the actors' or writers' unions. This talk will present data from surveys and interviews with game developers over a 10-year span to document trends in quality of life and working conditions. It will present attitudes towards collective representation to elicit debate about the viability of more robust collective action among game developers.|