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https://kotaku.com/the-human-cost-of-call-of-duty-black-ops-4-1835859016

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The QA department at Treyarch is broken up into day and night shifts. During crunch time, those two shifts would cover the full 24 hours. The day shift would come in at 10 a.m. and leave at 10 p.m., while the night shift would do the inverse, arriving at 10 p.m. and exiting at 10 a.m. One thing that added to the stress of this extended schedule, according to three people who have worked in testing at Treyarch, was that the office kept turning the air conditioning off at night once all the other developers had left. Although the night air was cooler, the rows of computers and consoles ran no less hot.

 

“We’re still there and have all these things running, so the temperature would basically spike to 90-something degrees,” said one tester. “A couple of jokes were made about sweatshops and all that, but it’s terrifying, because it kind of was sometimes, especially in the dead of July.”

 

“They told us the AC was broken, even though it worked all day and turned off at the exact same time each day,” said a second tester. “No matter how much we pressed them to do something or get it fixed, nothing would happen.”

 

“I had co-workers who were literally sweating through their clothing,” said a third.

 

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How the fuck is that even legal?!

 

Unionize! This industry desperately needs a union!

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On 6/27/2019 at 7:43 PM, Brick said:

How the fuck is that even legal?!

 

Unionize! This industry desperately needs a union!

 

After listening to the Giant Bombcast segment from E3 about unions, this is the case. Otherwise, we'll just keep hearing about these stories with the overarching feeling of 'well, if you want to work in the industry, this is how we do it'. 

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On 6/27/2019 at 1:43 PM, Brick said:

How the fuck is that even legal?!

 

Unionize! This industry desperately needs a union!

While not as black and white as other regulations they may be in violation of OSHA’s General Duty Clause or Occupational Heat Exposure  guidelines. As I doubt the company is doing anything to try to make the work place safer or more bearable. 

 

They should call OSHA’s compliance hotline to see if the company is in violation. 

 

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