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Devolver Digital founder says crunch is the game industry’s “dirty secret”

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Apr
30

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Devolver Digital and Good Shepherd co-founder Mike Wilson called the excessive overwork of developer crunch “shameful” and the “dirty, dirty secret that the industry has failed to address for 20 years”, which he blames on the absence of unions in the games industry.

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Mike Wilson looking scruffy and wearing a bandana at E3 in LA.

“Since there are no unions for games developers, the industry bodies don’t want to piss off the publishers that are often their biggest sponsors,” Wilson says, arguing that a key advantage of unions would be support for  developers to stand up for their rights in a legal setting: “Individuals don’t have the wherewithal to fight big legal battles, and sadly in the world of big business that means companies can do whatever they want.”

Source: pcgames

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