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

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

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

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

GYGO Labor: Games Labor News Because There Are Too Many Layoffs

Hi, I’m Joan, and I’m covering everything surrounding labor and working conditions in the games industry for this month’s GYGO! From game companies using generative AI instead of hiring more people to the battles for unionization, we’ll get into all of it. (more…)

30XX Is a Great Start to a Mega Man X Successor

30XX Is a Great Start to a Mega Man X Successor

In my time going through runs of 30XX, I kept feeling like I was supposed to have some more information than I already did. Like if I started another attempt and kept playing, I’d learn more about some quirks of the game’s story, layouts, and mechanics that would be better explained as I got more familiar with the game. And while I have enjoyed 30XX and gotten more comfortable every time I’ve gone back in, I’m still left with a lot of questions where I feel I wasn’t meant to. (more…)