You’re already familiar with the work of unions if you’re thankful for things like the weekend, the eight-hour workday, equal pay for women, sick leave, parental leave, and laws preventing children from being sent to work in coal mines. These rights and many more were won by labor unions, whose members fought — and in many cases died — to turn these dreams into reality. Now the video game industry is having its own internal debates and arguments about unionizing. Most players may not pay attention to, or understand, how their games are made, but this is a topic that’s important to anyone who works in the video game industry or plays the games it produces. If you care about the quality of the games you play, you should also care about the health and safety of the people who create them. Which means you should care about unions. Why so many game developers are talking about unionizing The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is the industry … [Read more...] about Game developers need to unionize
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The International Game Developers Association has called on the game industry to take action in light of the increasing scrutiny of loot boxes. Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission agreed to investigate the impact of loot boxes, and several countries have started to investigate and, in some cases, impose restrictions on them. In a blog post, IGDA executive director Jen MacLean said that it should be a “clear wake-up call to the game development industry that we must address how we use loot boxes, especially when they’re in games played by children”.MacLean listed actions that she believes need to be taken “as an industry and community” immediately, including committing to not marketing loot boxes to children, disclosing the odds of different items appearing when a loot box is purchase and an educational campaign for parents. “By not taking significant action as an industry and global game developer community to self-regulate how … [Read more...] about IGDA calls on the game development industry to tackle loot boxes together
US President Donald Trump will meet with representatives of the videogame industry tomorrow to discuss matters of violence in videogames, and their impact on incidents of real-world violence such as school shootings. It's still unknown exactly who will be attending, although the ESA confirmed earlier this week that it will be one of the invited parties. One group that apparently will not be taking part, however, is the International Game Developers Association. The IGDA took to Twitter today to express what could best be described as disdain for the process. Insert heading here "The stereotype of gamers as disaffected teenage boys is simply untrue: 41% of the 150M+ gamers in the United States are women, and more women over 35 play videogames than boys under 18," the IGDA said in followup tweets. "Gamers come from all walks of life. We're all genders, all ages. We're teachers and students, parents and children." "Making videogames—or any form of media—a scapegoat … [Read more...] about International Game Developers Association says it ‘will not be used as a scapegoat’ for real-world violence
Game Developers Conference organizers are excited to announce that online voting for the Audience Awards for both the 2018 Game Developers Choice Awards and the Independent Games Festival Awards is now open through next Monday, February 12 at 11:59pm PT! Please help spread the word! Public votes will help determine the winners, which will be announced live during the ceremonies on Wednesday, March 21st, as part of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC 2018 pass-holders and will be livestreamed on the GDC's official Twitch channel at 6:30 PM PT beginning with the IGF Awards, followed by the GDCAs. Anyone who would like to vote for the GDCA and IGF Audience Awards can cast their votes using the links below. Voters will need to select the finalist/game they are voting for, along with a valid email address. ●Cast your Audience Award vote in the 18th annual Game Developers Choice Awards! … [Read more...] about Vote now for the 2018 IGF and Game Developers Choice Audience Awards!
Organizers behind the annual Game Developers Conference released their State of the Game Industry report for 2018 today, which showed an uptick in interest in developing games for Nintendo Switch and PC platforms, as interest in developing for mobile and virtual reality platforms wanes. The report also notes that, despite backlash to the prevalence of loot boxes in video games in 2017, they’re not going anywhere. One in ten game developers surveyed said they were currently working on games with “paid item crates.” The GDC State of the Game Industry 2018 report is based on responses from “nearly 4,000 game developers.” The report indicates a few interesting, although not unexpected, trends, like increased development for PC and consoles and a great deal of confidence in the performance of Nintendo Switch. In response to a question about which platform(s) developers are currently making games for, 60 percent said PC. That was followed by 36 percent for … [Read more...] about Game developer survey shows growing interest in Nintendo Switch, more loot boxes