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.
Joan Zahra Dark is a writer, organizer, and interdisciplinary artist. They love talking about queer comics, stories that can only be told through interactive mediums, worker cooperatives and gay robots. They’re based in Queens, NYC.