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Unionizing the Game Industry Roundtable Day 1

Kevin Agwaze (Treasurer, Game Workers Unite UK & IWGB)

Location: Room 208, South Hall

Date: Thursday, March 19

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Topic: Advocacy

Format: Roundtable

Vault Recording: TBD

Join Game Workers Unite in a roundtable conversation about recent efforts to unionize the game industry, share the issues affecting you, debate strategies for unionization, and collectively craft a vision for what game unions should do and look like.

In 1993, AFTRA negotiated the first Interactive Media Agreement to cover performances in the American video games industry.
In 2017, games workers in Finnland and France formed a union for the games industry.
In 2017, SAG-AFTRA renegotiated a collective bargaining agreement with major American games companies, following their longest strike since the foundation of SAG in 1933.
In 2018, games workers in the United Kingdom formed a union for the games industry.
In 2019, workers at Nexon and Smilegate in South Korea unionized.
In 2019, games workers at Riot Games utilized a walkout to protest forced arbitration and sexual discrimination.
In 2018/19 games journalists at various major American outlets such as Polygon, Kotaku, and Waypoint unionized as part of WGA-E.

Takeaway

Participants will leave with a better understanding of why and how unions can be formed in the game industry, what our set of common goals are, and what our strategy for unionization will be as an international working class.

Intended Audience

All game developers are welcome to discuss and learn about the movement to unionize the games industry. The conversation is open to people with any level of understanding about organized labor - newcomers are welcome. But folks should come ready to brainstorm about the practical realities of building unions and how we can best accomplish this goal.