Why Should We Organise?

Game development markets itself as a magic career of passion, love, and creativity, while it simultaneously demands 80-hour weeks at low pay and continual crunch. A game worker sleeping under their desk is no different to someone working in a car factory, on an oil rig, in a classroom, or any other job.

We are underpaid, we are exploited, and some of us can't even put food on the table. It doesn't have to be this way. We can fix it, and we can fix it together. We are all workers and we all have rights.

What does it mean to organise?

A union is the power of working people to stand together and make a difference. A union is power, and power is everything. Employers keep workers fractured, isolated, and afraid because working people hold all the power. We are working people. Without working people, the world stops, electrcity isn't generated, roads aren't paved, and games certainly don't get made. Organising gives us collective bargaining power to fight against one-sided contracts, harassment, office bullying, and intimidation techniques.

We are working people. A union is the power of working people to stand together and make a difference. A union is power, and power is everything. Employers keep workers fractured, isolated, and afraid because working people hold all the power.

Without working people, the world stops. Electricity isn't generated, roads aren't paved, and games certainly don't get made. Organising gives us collective bargaining power to fight against one-sided contracts, harassment, office bullying, and intimidation techniques.


Who is the GWU?

We're building a union for everyone in the Australian video game industry. We are you, we work for you, and we work with you. We are a part of Game Workers Unite, a broad-reaching organisation that seeks to connect pro-union activists, exploited workers, and all allies across all borders.

We are run exclusively by workers, but we actively encourage employers, academics, and others to engage in the community and help support the organisation's direct-action efforts both materially and through their visibility.

Get Involved

You can help by taking the industry survey and joining the mailing list. We need you! With the statistics you supply, we can present a broader idea of the industry and its issues to existing unions. These unions can then take in the GWU as a branch, and start covering game workers of all kinds.

Want to join our (private) Discord and start organising? Apply for membership below. Membership applications are moderated to ensure privacy and security. We'll get back to you as soon as we possibly can.