With an armload of handmade zines and an animated roundtable discussion, the grassroots labor organizers from Game Workers Unite made quite a showing at the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Now it appears their work is beginning to pay off.
Earlier this month, a chapter in the United Kingdom officially became a legal trade union in that country. Representatives of Game Workers Unite tell Polygon that they anticipate multiple public efforts to form unions at major studios in the United States and Canada in the coming year.
“By the end of 2019, you’re going to see some public campaigns,” said Emma Kinema, one of the co-founders of Game Workers Unite.