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Change the Rules! Co-Ops, Unions, and Other Game Labor Structures


Join us for a lively conversation about games and work! Led by industry expert Marie LeBlanc Flanagan from Game Arts International Network, who dug deep into researching worker-owned video game studios and unions in games with Michael Iantorno from Concordia University. This session presents a wealth of insights from their compelling comic and supporting whitepaper, exploring alternative labor modes like co-ops and unions in the gaming industry. The session kicks off with a series of engaging micro-talks featuring prominent figures who have successfully established game co-ops and done union organizing work. Gain unique perspectives from representatives of acclaimed co-op studios like KO_OP Mode, Glory Society, and Future Club, alongside experienced union organizers rallying and advocating for worker rights within the gaming industry. The ensuing panel discussion, moderated by Marie LeBlanc Flanagan, will spark conversations around how to fight for collaboration, sustainability, and inclusivity from the dire depths of late-stage capitalism. A Q&A session will allow attendees to bring their burning questions to the experienced speakers. As the gaming industry evolves, this session offers invaluable insights and inspiration for attendees to embrace new, humane, and creative ways of working together.

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