Bruce Straley, one of the veteran game directors responsible for The Last of Us and its Left Behind expansion (not to mention much of the Uncharted series), has called for unionization in the video games industry. Straley was not credited for his role in shaping the setting and characters featured in HBO's hugely popular adaptation, with Neil Druckmann and Craig Maizin being awarded official writing credit.
In a long-form piece published in the Los Angeles Times, Straley suggests that unionization in the video games industry may be the solution to ensuring creators are recognized for their contributions.
Straley states 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 a credit or a nickel for the work they put into it." He describes what he thinks is the solution, musing that "maybe we need unions in the video game industry to be able to protect creators." According to the LA Times article, both HBO and Sony declined to comment on Straley's statement.
Straley left Naughty Dog back in 2017, after having spent 18 years working at the studio. He co-directed The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End alongside Druckmann. The LA Times piece describes the current relationship between Straley, Sony and Naughty Dog as "strained".
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