GYGO Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

GYGO Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

Hey, it’s Joan with another roundup of labor news from the video game industry! I originally typed out “highlights” instead of “news,” but on second glance calling studio closures and layoffs “highlights” felt pretty bad! This month, we’re focusing on recent high-profile studio closures, with Tango Gameworks and Arkane Austin shuttered along with similar stories for Roll7 and Intercept Games.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, a quick reminder to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this genocide. The team over at People Make Games, one of the only large voices in the games industry openly supporting Palestine, has a great video outlining why we can’t afford to be silent. If you’re in the United States, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights has a great toolkit to help get you involved if you’re not sure where to start. Please do what you can.

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GYGO Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

GYGO Labor: Sega of America Gets a Contract, Possibility Space Shut Down

Hey y’all, Joan here with another spotlight on the games industry and the labor that goes into making games! Most of my actual game time over the last month has been finally finishing Super Mario RPG and gazing longingly at Balatro but not daring to engage out of fear that the rest of my life will suffer. Star-crossed lovers, we are. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, the soul-crushing games industry! This month, we have good news coming out of Sega, with a new contract ratified for the AEGIS-CWA union. And to balance that out, we have the sudden news of Possibility Space shutting down, the second studio from Prytania Media to shut down in just two weeks. I wish they didn’t have to balance out.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, a quick reminder to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this ongoing crisis. The team over at People Make Games, one of the only large voices in the games industry openly supporting Palestine, has a great video outlining why we can’t afford to be silent. If you’re in the United States, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights has a great toolkit to help get you involved if you’re not sure where to start. (more…)

GYGO Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

GYGO Labor: A New Largest Union, and Racist Gamers Are Mad Again

Hi friends! It’s Joan again for your regularly scheduled roundup of labor news in the video games industry. And while it is still decidedly bleak out here, I am NOT actually going to be focusing on layoffs this month! That’s not to say they aren’t still a huge issue with thousands of games workers losing their jobs every week (see all these articles), but there are bigger stories that let me conveniently spend only part of today’s intro talking about them for a change! We’ve got stories about the new largest union in the games industry, updates on the potential video game actors strike from SAG-AFTRA, and racist gamers are making conspiracies to be mad at again.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, remember to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this ongoing crisis. The team over at People Make Games, one of the only large voices in the games industry openly supporting Palestine, has a great video outlining why we can’t afford to be silent. If you’re in the United States, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights has a great toolkit to help get you involved if you’re not sure where to start.

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GYGO Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

GYGO Labor: Of Course Microsoft Laid Off Activision-Blizzard Developers

Hi everyone, it’s Joan here again for a labor in games roundup for February. I had to remind myself it was only February this week with how much seems to have been crammed into January. Between Activision-Blizzard layoffs from Microsoft and the big push some companies are doing for more “artificial intelligence” in games, we’re off to a great start to 2024, clearly.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, a quick reminder to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this ongoing crisis. The team over at People Make Games, one of the only large voices in the games industry openly supporting Palestine, has a great video outlining why we can’t afford to be silent. If you’re in the United States, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights has a great toolkit to help get you involved if you’re not sure where to start. (more…)

GYGO Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

GYGO Labor: At Least 10,000 Games Industry Layoffs in 2023

Hey y’all, it’s Joan with another labor in games roundup to ring in the new year! For all your Baldur’s Gate 3s and your Tears of the Kingdoms last year, the human cost of making games feels especially neglected for chasing profits. We’ll get into some of the layoffs news for December as well as some grim overviews for the year as a whole. And some positive union news for a change, with wins for union contracts and labor rights against artificial intelligence!

As other GYGOs have mentioned, a quick reminder to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this ongoing crisis. The team over at People Make Games, one of the only large voices in the games industry openly supporting Palestine, has a great video outlining why we can’t afford to be silent. If you’re in the United States, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights has a great toolkit to help get you involved if you’re not sure where to start.

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