Beat the ‘Crunch’: New Union for Video Games Workers Launches

December 21, 2018

Game Workers Unite UK will take aim at unpaid overtime, racism and sexism in sector.

It is known as “crunch” – long hours of unpaid overtime put in by computer games workers in the run-up to highly anticipated releases, often at the behest of managers.

But the practice could soon be a thing of the past, as games workers unionise for the first time this weekend, taking aim at overtime, racism, sexism and bullying, which some say is rife in the sector.

“For many people it’s been a badge of honour to work all night and until the early hours of the morning and there’s also a kind of culture that goes with that excessive overtime,” said Karn Bianco, one of the founders of the UK branch of Game Workers Unite (GWU UK).

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The Guardian