Video game unionization has been demanded by Bruce Straley, one of the seasoned game directors behind The Last of Us and its Left Behind expansion (not to mention a significant portion of the Uncharted series). While Neil Druckmann and Craig Maizin were given official writing credit, Straley was not acknowledged for his contribution to creating the world and characters depicted in HBO’s wildly successful adaptation.
In a lengthy essay for the Los Angeles Times, Straley makes the case that unionization in the video game sector would be the way to guarantee that artists are acknowledged for their work.
Someone who contributed to the co-creation of that universe and those characters “isn’t getting a credit or a nickel for the work they put into it,” according to Straley, “which is a justification for unionization.” He explains what he believes to be the solution, thinking that “maybe the video game industry needs unions to be able to safeguard creators.” Both HBO and Sony declined to comment on Straley’s assertion, the LA Times said.
After working for Naughty Dog for 18 years, Straley left the company in 2017. Together with Druckmann, he was the co-director of The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. According to the LA Times article, the existing alliance between Straley, Sony, and Naughty Dog is “strained.”
Recently, it was revealed that Straley had established a brand-new studio called Wildflower Interactive. This team is now working on an unnamed debut game.
How do you feel about Straley’s remarks? Do you believe he merits official recognition for his contribution to creating the world shown in HBO’s adaptation?