Gamers heart the WGA

As if Hollywood didn’t already have enough to worry about with videogames stealing consumers’ time and money, it’s one of the few media businesses that won’t be affected by the strike.

IGN has confirmed with the WGA that members are still allowed to write videogames. Though the guild has tried to organize the industry, it hasn’t yet, and only a handful of videogame writers have done so under WGA auspices. A videogame writing prize, which will debut at the Feb. 9 WGA Awards, is a first step by the guild to try to take control of the space.

Videogame writing pays only a fraction of film writing, of course, and only a relative handful of younger WGA members probably have the know-how and interest to write games. But for those who do, it could prove a good way to pay the rent.

— Ben Fritz

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