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BioWare QA workers make moves to unionize

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Keywords Studios workers, who have supported BioWare’s quality assurance (QA) efforts in the past, are heading toward unionization, according to documents filed in Canada. Polygon confirmed the request to the Alberta Labor Relations Board on Monday.

An account called KeywordsUnitedYEG posted a statement on the Alberta Reddit forum, also on Monday, saying the workers are organized under the United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada union 401, with Keyword Studios BC as the certified bargaining agent. of a unit of employees. This means that the next Mass Effect or Dragon Age game could possibly be tested by unionized workers.

According to its website, Keywords is a company that provides “long-term, low-cost video game testing solutions” to other developers. It lists BioWare, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Google, Intel, Sony, and Square Enix among its partners. According to the company’s official website, he provided quality assurance for the latest Dragon Age games and Mass Effect, BioWare’s most successful franchises.

This is another step towards syndication in the games industry, as some studios are trying to syndicate even in the face of resistance from publishers and management. Raven Software, a QA support studio working on the popular Call of Duty series, is in the early stages of a syndication effort.

Polygone, United Food and Commercial Workers Union of Canada, local number for additional comments. Along with the 401, Keywords reaches BioWare and Electronic Arts.


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BioWare QA workers make moves to unionize

Image: BioWare/Electronic Arts
Workers at Keywords Studios, which have in the past supported BioWare’s quality assurance (QA) efforts, are moving toward unionization according to paperwork filed in Canada. Polygon confirmed the filing with the Alberta Labour Relations Board Monday.
An account called KeywordsUnitedYEG posted a notice on Reddit’s Alberta forum, also on Monday, noting that workers had organized under the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union, Local No. 401 to become the certified bargaining agent for a unit of employees of Keywords Studios B.C. That means the next Mass Effect or Dragon Age game could eventually be tested by union workers.
Keywords is a company that provides “long-term and cost-efficient video game testing solutions” for other developers, according to its website. It lists BioWare, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Google, Intel, Sony, and Square Enix as some of its partners. According to the company’s official site, it provided QA for the most recent Dragon Age and Mass Effect titles — which are BioWare’s most successful series.

Solidarity to BioWare QA from everyone at Raven QA! https://t.co/uogQHs7mE8
— Game Workers Alliance #WeAreGWA (@WeAreGWA) April 25, 2022

This is another step forward for unionization in the games industry, as some studios look to unionize even in the face of resistance from publishers and management. Raven Software, a support QA studio that worked on the popular Call of Duty franchise, is also in the early stages of a unionization effort.
Polygon has reached out to United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union, Local No. 401 as well as Keywords, BioWare, and Electronic Arts for additional comment.

#BioWare #workers #moves #unionize

BioWare QA workers make moves to unionize

Image: BioWare/Electronic Arts
Workers at Keywords Studios, which have in the past supported BioWare’s quality assurance (QA) efforts, are moving toward unionization according to paperwork filed in Canada. Polygon confirmed the filing with the Alberta Labour Relations Board Monday.
An account called KeywordsUnitedYEG posted a notice on Reddit’s Alberta forum, also on Monday, noting that workers had organized under the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union, Local No. 401 to become the certified bargaining agent for a unit of employees of Keywords Studios B.C. That means the next Mass Effect or Dragon Age game could eventually be tested by union workers.
Keywords is a company that provides “long-term and cost-efficient video game testing solutions” for other developers, according to its website. It lists BioWare, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Google, Intel, Sony, and Square Enix as some of its partners. According to the company’s official site, it provided QA for the most recent Dragon Age and Mass Effect titles — which are BioWare’s most successful series.

Solidarity to BioWare QA from everyone at Raven QA! https://t.co/uogQHs7mE8
— Game Workers Alliance #WeAreGWA (@WeAreGWA) April 25, 2022

This is another step forward for unionization in the games industry, as some studios look to unionize even in the face of resistance from publishers and management. Raven Software, a support QA studio that worked on the popular Call of Duty franchise, is also in the early stages of a unionization effort.
Polygon has reached out to United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union, Local No. 401 as well as Keywords, BioWare, and Electronic Arts for additional comment.

#BioWare #workers #moves #unionize


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