Workers at Sega of America Form a Union

  1. What You Need to Know
  2. Windows Central's Take

What You Need to Know

  • Employees at Sega of America are forming a union.
  • Unionized workers are demanding better pay, benefits, career advancement opportunities, and more.
  • Several studios in the United States have already unionized, including Raven Software and Blizzard Albany under Activision Blizzard, as well as the entire Quality Control team at ZeniMax Media under Microsoft.

As talk of unionization in the gaming industry grows, workers at more and more companies are joining in.

Employees at Sega of America shared (opens in a new tab) on Monday that they are forming the Allied Employees Guild Improving Sega (AEGIS) union. The workers, a vast majority of employees in the Japanese publisher Sega's US offices in Irvine, California, come from Sega's localization and Quality Assurance (QA) departments, and are demanding better pay, greater career progression, an end to staff shortages and overwork, and better benefits.

"As employees of Sega, our goal is to create high-quality games and multimedia experiences for our broad and dedicated fanbase. Our lack of control over our own working conditions has significantly hindered this goal," the workers explained via the AEGIS Twitter account (opens in a new tab). "To deliver the best quality products to our fans, we must be able to make decisions that impact our working conditions."

Unionization, once unheard of in the gaming industry, is no longer uncommon. Quality control workers at studios such as Raven Software and Blizzard Albany have unionized. Earlier this year, over 300 QA employees at ZeniMax Media unionized, forming the first-ever union at Microsoft and the largest union in the gaming industry. Microsoft had previously pledged to remain neutral in any organizing effort at its various divisions or at Activision Blizzard, as long as the acquisition materializes.

Windows Central's Take

More unions in the gaming industry is something wonderful to see happening. It won't solve all the issues faced by employees and publishers, but it's still worth fighting for better protections for workers.

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