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Marx at the Arcade: Workers Rights in New Industries

Saturday, Nov 16 2019
19:30 - 20:30
Jamie Woodcock
location: Assembly Roxy

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Jamie Woodcock and the Game Workers Union discuss the challenges faced by new industries in organising for worker’s rights.

Working in new or marginalised industries and as part of the gig economy, in addition to ongoing changes in statutory Worker’s Rights , means that more people are looking to organise to protect their rights, livelihoods, and well-being.

One such sphere is the booming Gaming Industry, where millions are made and spent, but work for game workers remains underpaid, overworked and women are often discriminated against for their gender.

In Marx at the Arcade, acclaimed researcher Jamie Woodcock delves into the hidden abode of the gaming industry. In an account that will appeal to hardcore gamers, digital skeptics, and the joystick-curious, Woodcock unravels the vast networks of artists, software developers, and factory and logistics workers whose seen and unseen labor flows into the products we consume on a gargantuan scale. Along the way, he analyzes the increasingly important role the gaming industry plays in contemporary capitalism and the broader transformations of work and the economy that it embodies.


Dr. Jamie Woodcock is a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. He is the author of Working the Phones, a study of a call center in the UK inspired by the workers’ inquiry. His current research involves developing co-research projects with workers in the so-called gig economy. He is on the editorial board of Notes from Below and Historical Materialism.

His current research focuses on digital labor, the sociology of work, the gig economy, resistance, and videogames.

Jaime Cross is the General Secretary for Game Workers Unite UK, a trade union for workers in the games industry under the IWGB umbrella. He has worked as an audio designer and composer in the games industry since 2011, and in a full time capacity since 2013. He also sits on the board for the Scottish Game Developers Association, a Scottish charitable organisation which looks to advance the education and skills for those working in or interested in games development.


This event is part of Edinburgh’s 23rd Independent & Radical Book Fair, which runs from the 14th-17th November 2019. Please follow the link for details of accessibility as well as the bookshop’s safer spaces policy.

The Independent & Radical Book Fair is entirely run by Lighthouse- Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop and we receive no outside funding. To keep the event running in this spectacular and accessible space, and to make it as welcoming as possible, a third of all tickets are FREE, and the rest are by donation. Please give as generously as you can, either online or at the book fair!


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