North America has its first certified video game studio union at Vodeo Games, the independent developer founded earlier this year by Threes creator Asher Vollmer.
The Vodeo Workers United union will soon begin contract negotiations after being voluntarily recognized by studio management. Vodeo released its first game, Beast Breaker, a strategy puzzle game starring a cast of various anthropomorphic animals, in September. Vodeo is made up of around 13 employees and contractors who all work remotely. Video Workers United partnered with the Communications Workers of America, and specifically the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees, for the union.
Vodeo Games describes its titles as “cozy-crunchy” and states on its website that the studio consists of developers united around a core set of beliefs such as “game development should be sustainable” and “game development should be playful.”