Senator Bernie Sanders is the latest high-profile person to come out in support of a video game developers union.
Sanders took to Twitter to share a link to a Time story on burnout and unionisation, adding, “the video game industry made $43 billion in revenue last year. The workers responsible for that profit deserve to collectively bargain as part of a union. I’m glad to see unions like [The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees] and the broader [Game Workers Unite] movement organizing such workers.”
Game Workers has an active presence not only in Australia but around the world. Of late, the movement has called for Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to resign after he approved of layoffs that impacted 8% — or 800 employees — at the company.
Locally, a survey conducted by Game Workers Australia revealed that 33% of Australian game developers make less than minimum wage.
Sanders is a candidate for the President of the United States; citizens will go to the polls in November 2020.