There has been a lot of talk in recent months about the troubles that game developers are facing in the industry that are leading many to burn out and sometimes leave completely. Now we have more fuel to the fire as presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders supports game developer unions on Twitter.
In a tweet yesterday Sanders said, “The video game industry made $43 billion in revenue last year. The workers responsible for that profit deserve to collectively bargain as part of a union. I’m glad to see unions like @IATSE and the broader @GameWorkers movement organizing such workers.” Included with the tweet was a recent article on Time magazine that highlights just some of the issues the industry is currently facing that should be required reading for all gamers.
For those outside of the United States, this may seem like it is coming out of nowhere, but in fact, this is a very well timed tweet from Senator Sanders. As we approach the 2020 Presidential Election the candidates, of which there are 39 at the moment, are all doing their best to stand out by declaring where they stand on various issues. Admittedly, no one expected gaming to be an issue that a Presidential candidate would take a stance on. But, with nearly 70% of Americans playing video games, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that this is a topic that is attracting attention in the political world. In comparison, 47% of America attends church services, and 68% of houses have dogs.
Will we see more presidential hopefuls discussing gaming this election season? It is actually quite likely, especially with the lootbox issue still unresolved. Still, getting out there and being the first was a good move for Sanders, though totally unexpected.
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