Bruce Straley, one of the veteran game directors responsible for The Last of Us and its left wing expansions (not to mention much of the Uncharted series), has called for unionization in the video game industry. Straley was not credited for his role in shaping the settings and characters featured in HBO’s wildly popular adaptation, with official writing credits given to Neil Druckman and Craig Mazin.
In a long-form piece Published in the Los Angeles TimesStraley suggests that unionization in the video game industry could be a solution to ensure that creators are recognized for their contributions.
Straley says that “it’s an argument for unionization that someone who was part of the co-creation of that world and those characters isn’t getting credit or a nickel for what they did.” He explains what he thinks the solution is, “Maybe we need unions in the video game industry to be able to protect the creators.” According to the LA Times article, both HBO and Sony declined to comment on Straley’s statement.
After 18 years at the studio, Straley left Naughty Dog back in 2017. He co-directed The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End with Druckmann. The LA Times piece describes the current relationship between Straley, Sonny and Naughty Dog as “strained.”
Recently, it was announced that Straley has established a new studio, Wildflowers Interactivewho is currently developing his first game, of which little is currently known.
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