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Devs are in favor of unionization, but most haven't discussed it (yet)

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Developers across the industry are getting organized. In the space of a year, we've seen employees at major studios like Activision Blizzard and ZeniMax push for unionization in a bid to secure better working conditions, but how do others throughout the industry feel about the trend?

According to the 2023 GDC State of the Industry survey, the majority of developers support unionization, although it seems like that support isn't necessarily translating into practical action.

When asked for their thoughts on whether workers in the game industry should unionize, 53 percent of respondents answered with a resolute "yes." On the other side of the equation, only 13 percent felt workers shouldn't be unionizing.

Out those remaining, 10 percent said they didn't know whether staff should unionise, while 24 percent replied with "maybe." What's particularly interesting, here, is that while the bulk of developers surveyed felt that workers should push for unionization, only 22 percent of respondents said they (or their colleagues) had actively discussed the topic at work.

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