What is Game Workers Unite?
Game Workers Unite is a broad-reaching organization that seeks to connect pro-union activists, exploited workers, and allies across borders and across ideologies in the name of building a unionized game industry. We are building pro-union solidarity across disciplines, classes, and countries.
How is the organization structured?
G.W.U. is a leaderless and worker-lead organization. Only workers and other non-employers (students, etc) can be involved in the decision making process of the org, but we actively encourage employers, academics, and others to engage in the community and help support the organization's direct action efforts both materially and through their visibility.
Is Game Workers Unite a Union?
We are not a union.
How can I help and get involved?
You can visit https://gameworkersunite.org/get-involved and join the international Game Workers Unite organization or any of our many local chapters around the world! All it takes is filling out a simple google form!
How can I donate to your cause?
Right now you can't, but thank you for your generosity!
What is crunch, and how does it affect the game industry?
What is the current state of the industry?
What would a union do for the game industry?
Who would be covered by a union for game workers?
We strongly believe in the industrial model of unionization, meaning if you are doing any kind of job for a game company - whether that be in-house, in an agency, on contract or casual - you're a game worker.
I'm a content creator/streamer, how could I benefit from a union?
I'm a pro player, how could I benefit from a union?
As a pro player, you face challenges with partnerships, sponsorships, and contracts. Often, these can be confusing or convoluted on purpose. And talk of unionising in esports isn't new! Just like content creators or streamers, the industry is largely unaware of the issues that pro players go through on a regular basis.
I’m a freelancer, does this apply to me?
It does! Joining a union helps you strengthen your position as a freelancer. A union can help you set correct rates that don’t undermine you in the long run. A union will be there when a client refuses to pay. A union can advocate for things like unemployment benefits. A union can also provide training, allowing a freelancer to continue their education. It also provides an easy way to network with other members, get advice from experienced freelancers, find out which clients are good and bad, and so on.
I'm an employer, or I'm also a worker and I have hiring/firing power. What does this mean for me?
The reality is many of us blur the line between worker and employer in this industry. We would like to work toward a future where a game worker union assists not only with workers within a standard company setup, but also with co-op setup and best practices implementation.
How can unions help small businesses?
Don't we already have the IGDA, the ESA, GDAA, and other game industry organizations? How are they different from the GWU?
How can I buy GWU literature, stickers, buttons, and swag?
Right now all of our literature and freebies are designed and printed for specific industry event campaigns (GDC, E3, etc) and our local chapters. However because so many people are asking how they can get some, we are looking into potential options for on-demand printing and/or an online storefront.
I work in board/card/escape room games, is GWU for me?
While a lot of our action so far has been aimed at the digital game industry, we do have several members from the physical game industry in our group! No one knows what a hypothetical game union would look like and who it could include in every country, but we certainly welcome all game workers into Game Workers Unite!