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(Kotaku)   Microsoft is letting their workers at ZeniMax unionize, basically just leaving open their Gates   (kotaku.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Activision, Video game industry, Trade union, Employment, union drives, Quality assurance, Bethesda Softworks, gaming industry's recent wave  
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635 clicks; posted to Fandom » and STEM » on 07 Dec 2022 at 12:05 PM (16 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-12-07 12:40:27 PM  
8 votes:

AlphaG33k: Great!

That way, you can work your way up from Tester, 3rd class, single player, Non FPS, Console, 1080p , Non-Microtransaction. to

Tester, 1st class, multiplayer, FPS, PC, 4k, Microtransaction.

But only if you meet seniority, there are openings, your dues are paid, and you have an inside track with the union steward.


Bold of you to assume that anything from ZeniMax/Bethesda gets tested before release.
 
2022-12-07 12:21:43 PM  
4 votes:
Great!

That way, you can work your way up from Tester, 3rd class, single player, Non FPS, Console, 1080p , Non-Microtransaction. to

Tester, 1st class, multiplayer, FPS, PC, 4k, Microtransaction.

But only if you meet seniority, there are openings, your dues are paid, and you have an inside track with the union steward.
 
2022-12-07 1:56:00 PM  
4 votes:
Unions are great...in certain industries.

If the work doesnt change much, but requires doing lots of the same thing, and where experience is highly correlated to productivity or efficiency, and people are likely to spend a long time doing that job, unions make sense. Dock workers, auto factory assemblers, lathe operators, grocery associates, etc, all makes sense.

The videogame industry is as volatile as it gets, how is a union supposed to manage such a dynamic and short lived base of workers? Thats the bigger issue, can they sustain and make it work longer than a couple years, especially if a couple key workers get promoted or leave and the driving unionization impetus wanes.

Like, a union is great when you know you're gonna have a job in 20 years if you stick it out. If the average turnover rate in your industry is measured in months or just a couple years however, thats a different prospect.
 
2022-12-07 12:13:05 PM  
3 votes:
Wait....do we qualify as QA testers?
 
2022-12-07 12:46:04 PM  
3 votes:

Concrete Donkey: Wait....do we qualify as QA testers?


According to Activision, Bethesda, Ubisoft, etc, we're freelance volunteers.
 
2022-12-07 3:40:24 PM  
1 vote:
I don't believe that Bethesda has QA employees.
 
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