In a historic vote, QA testers at Raven Software have officially voted to create the first major video game union in the US.
First reported on by Jason Schreier, the vote marks a historic turning point for the gaming industry. The rise of unions has become a popular point of discussion over the past few years as the conversation around workers’ rights have become more prevalent.
It’s now official: testers at Activision-owned Raven Software have voted to form the U.S. video game industry’s first major union. There were 19 votes for and 3 votes against— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 23, 2022
The next step is for the new union to begin negotiating with Activision. Many experts expect this negotiation to be a long and arduous process given Activision’s alleged attempts to prevent the vote from happening in the first place.
Many companies in the U.S try their hardest to prevent unions, so we are interested in seeing how this will affect additional unions from being created in the gaming industry moving forward.