Any kind of unionization in the videogame industry is long overdue and I welcome it with open arms, regardless of whether I get my games a tad later as a result.Those folks deserve reasonable working conditions and should have them, and hopefully they do as a result of unionization.
They only have 22 Quality Assurance employees in all of Blizzard? No wonder the game is in the state it's in.
Didn’t realize so many people on wowhead were anti-union but I shouldn’t be surprised considering the people in interact with in game.
I'm glad that there's a chance of a union because the more I play BFA and Shadowlands content, the more I become convinced that the talented people were harrassed out of a job.
Unions are a pure anti-American thing. As it was noted above a tendency towards unionizing comes from employees that are easily replaced. In other words a working union means the company is less effective overall. Less effective = less output, less income, worse GAAP statistics and ultimately less interest from the investors. In the end it means all the disadvantages of Europe without European advantages. Worst of 2 worlds.
Hopefully this union is the start of a spread across the gaming industry and beyond. Congrats to them :) Employers should have some rights don't think anyone is arguing that, but not ALL the rights.
The entire gaming industry is flawed, as they use "the ability to work on your favourite video games" as a bargaining point.People are leaving game dev for software dev, because gaming companies expect employees to be thankful for the ability to work on the games, but it's still work and it's often less funny than software dev work due to the toxic culture.The most underrespected positions are in Quality Assurance, Community Manager, and Customer Support - it's common to even have volunteers do that.