Sega of America workers voted to unionize Monday, creating what they say is the largest multi-departmental video game union in the U.S.
Workers at the company’s Burbank and Irvine locations voted 91 to 26 in favor of unionizing under the banner Allied Employees Guild Improving SEGA, represented by the Communications Workers of America. The mail-in election results were tallied by the National Labor Relations Board on Monday.
“Now, through our union, we’ll be able to protect the parts of our jobs we love, and strengthen the benefits, pay, and job stability available to all workers,” Ángel Gómez, translator and member of AEGIS-CWA, said in a news release. “Together we can build an even better SEGA. We hope our victory today is an inspiration to other workers across the gaming industry.”
Sega did not respond to a request for comment.
The union will encompass multiple departments and more than 200 roles, including quality assurance, marketing and product development. AEGIS is represented by CWA Local 9510, which serves Orange County.
Sega, a Japanese gaming juggernaut known for titles including “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Mortal Kombat II,” has five days to file objections, according to NLRB director and spokeswoman Kayla Blado. If none are filed, the employer must move forward with bargaining in good faith.
AEGIS-CWA aims to negotiate for higher base pay, improved benefits, adequate staffing, balanced and defined workloads and more opportunities for advancement, as outlined in the news release.
The success of AEGIS-CWA follows other moves to unionize in the video game industry in recent years. In January 2023, more than 300 quality assurance workers at Microsoft’s Zenimax studios formed the largest union in the industry encompassing a single department.
Employees at Activision Blizzard, known for “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft,” formed two unions in Wisconsin and New York in 2022, and EBay subsidiary TCG Player and Paizo are currently in the process of unionizing.