Studio closures, harassment, crunch time, rumblings of unionization – game labour issues currently have unprecedented public profile.
Join us at a public forum with game developers, media work researchers, and digital labour activists to discuss working conditions and social inequalities in the video games industry and strategies to improve conditions in digital media.
The forum will be moderated by Austin Walker, the Editor of VICE Games. Six speakers – game workers, union organizers, and researchers – will participate in a moderated conversation, followed by Q&A and refreshments.This event launches “Contested Formations of Digital Game Labor,” a special issue of the journal Television & New Media, currently freely available as an open-access publication.
CWA Canada is the country’s only all-media union, with 6,000 members at media, news and entertainment outlets from coast to coast. Their largest local, the Canadian Media Guild, represents members at media outlets such as VICE Canada, BuzzFeed, CBC, TVO, APTN, The Canadian Press, and Thomson Reuters.
Cultural Workers Organize is a collaborative research project investigating labour conditions and collective organizing in the arts, media, and cultural industries, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Game Workers Unite Toronto is the local chapter of a broad-reaching organization that seeks to connect pro-union activists, exploited workers, and allies across disciplines, classes, and countries in the name of building a unionized game industry.