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Game developers look to unions to fix the industry’s exploitative workplace culture

March 23, 2018 / Nick Statt

In a meeting room on the second floor of the newly renovated Moscone South exhibition complex, a wide-ranging and diverse group of game developers came together on Wednesday to voice interest in unionizing their industry. The discussion was billed as a roundtable event to be held during the Game Developers Conference this week in San Francisco. It was coordinated by the International Game Developers Association (IDGA), a nonprofit membership group that formed in the ‘90s amid conversations about violence in video games, and it was moderated by IGDA president Jen MacLean with the pointed title, “Pros, Cons, and Consequences of Unionization.”