Bernie Sanders takes to Twitter to endorse video game unionization

By Hunter Wolfe, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 18:10 GMT

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a candidate for President of the United States in the impending election season, said in a Tweet today that he supports the unionization of game developers.

Sharing a link to a Times story on burnout and unionization, Sanders Tweeted:

Unions protect workers from cruel labor conditions, and until recently, the games industry has seen little to no unionization. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says he “can’t imagine” why developers would want to unionize when they’re paid so well.

Good pay isn’t compensation for crunch, though – when game developers are strong armed into working long hours close to a game’s launch. Numerous studios suffer from crunch, and with the industry trending toward live service games, developers are forced into a constant state of it as they continue supporting games long after release.

Feature image courtesy of Tony Webster.

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