Workers at Pathfinder, Starfinder publisher Paizo have formed a union

Employees at Paizo, publisher of the Pathfinder and Starfinder tabletop role-playing video games, have actually formed a union. United Paizo Employee (UPW) was developed with the assistance of the Interaction Employees of America (CWA), which has actually been working these last couple of years to arrange labor in the computer game market. This represents a very first for the tabletop role-playing sector, which is presently not served by arranged labor in any significant method.

“Paizo is one of the largest tabletop roleplaying publishers in the world, producing more than 10 hardcover books annually, along with numerous digital adventures and gaming accessories,” UPW stated Thursday in a press release. “Paizo also runs some of the most successful living campaigns in tabletop gaming history, with regular players in more than 36 countries. However, despite this success, Paizo’s workers are underpaid for their labor, required to live in one of the most expensive cities in the United States, and subjected to untenable crunch conditions on a regular basis.”

Paizo, which is headquartered outside Seattle in Redmond, Washington, just recently came under fire from previous staff member Jessica Cost on Twitter, who declared unjust hiring and disciplinary practices, dirty working conditions, unwanted sexual advances, and spoken abuse while at the business. Her allegations and those of other previous staff members were mentioned in employees’ choice to arrange.

“Though efforts to organize by the Paizo workforce had already been underway for some time, the sudden departures of several long-standing employees in September and the subsequent allegations of managerial impropriety by former Paizo employees threw into stark relief the imbalance of the employer/employee relationship,” UPW’s press release states. “These events, as well as internal conversations among Paizo workers, have uncovered a pattern of inconsistent hiring practices, pay inequity across the company, allegations of verbal abuse from executives and management, and allegations of harassment ignored or covered up by those at the top. These findings have further galvanized the need for clearer policies and stronger employee protections to ensure that Paizo staff can feel secure in their employment.”

Thursday’s press release was signed by more than 30 present Paizo staff members on the arranging committee, consisting of the lead designers of both Pathfinder and Starfinder. It’s uncertain if that represents a bulk of the business’s labor force, which LinkedIn lists as an overall of 135 people.

Polygon connected to CWA for discuss today’s statement, however the company decreased to include anymore info.

We likewise connected to Paizo to ask if it will willingly acknowledge the union or if it will require a complete vote by the National Labor Relations Board. It decreased to comment at this time.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.