The rights of workers in video games have recently been a hot topic. The demoralizing times of crisis, where employees are expected to work 100 hours a week, have led to talks about whether the videogame industry should unite. We have not seen this happen yet, but one who has expressed his support for the movement is Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders, who is currently one of the largest democrats to run for president in 2020 for syndication of the video game industry. "The video game industry has earned $ 43 billion last year," he said. "The workers responsible for this profit deserve collective bargaining as part of an alliance." Sanders then marks several organizations that are trying to help videogame makers unite, such as Game Workers Unite and IATSE.
Unionization can be the controversial topic, as well as any other political issue, it has its supporters as well as its opponents. However, a study earlier this year suggests that at least half of video game developers want to unite, so there seems to be a lot of support for the trade union video game industry. earnings last year. Workers responsible for this profit deserve collective bargaining as part of a union. I'm glad to see that trade unions like @IATSE and the wider @GameWorkers movement are organizing such workers. https://t.co/Ia5gMG2v0w
-Burnie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 18, 2019
One of the main arguments for syndicating the video game industry is the perceived by companies bad attitude towards video developers games, which is something that an alliance could stop. For example, Activision has recently cut hundreds of employees, boasting a "record year", a situation that can be avoided if video game developers are protected by alliances. Meanwhile, those who oppose trade unions may be concerned that video games will rise if the industry unites. Those who struggle with trade unions also often raise the possibility of a potentially more skilled person not being able to find a job because the less qualified individual is able to keep his job due to trade union protection.
Whether it's a pro-or anti-union, Bernie's comments are still remarkable, as they mark one of the first times when a big politician publicly discussed the issue with the video game industry. It remains to be seen whether Bernie's approval in the video game industry has some lasting impact.
Source: Gage Skidmore