Guidelines and Best Practices for Crunching Ethically

Guidelines and Best Practices for Crunching Ethically

At Tiny Hydra, we believe that Crunch should be avoided at all costs. With proper planning and vigilance, it can be in many cases. However, we recognize that disasters happen and even the best of intentions can’t always protect a game from last-minute upsets. Game engine updates break your code, global pandemics torpedo your best-laid…

How to Predict If Your Game Will Need to Crunch

How to Predict If Your Game Will Need to Crunch

Talking to people who are disillusioned by crunch, we hear about a scenario that is becoming more and more common. A game studio goes through an intensive period of crunch to release a game. Everyone pulls together, works hard, and manages to meet their deadline. A few weeks or months of relative calm ensues. And…

Game Industry Unions

Game Industry Unions

Unions are few and far between in the games industry and as we have discussed in our breakdown of crunch, there are almost none that can halt the production of a triple A game. Most of the unions on this list are small and relatively new. Similarly, most only exist in one country, and therefore…

Worker Advocacy Groups in the Games Industry

Worker Advocacy Groups in the Games Industry

The popularity of video games has exploded in the last decade. Because of this, there is a greater variety of people playing games than ever before. To keep up with the demand for great games, the industry is growing at a breakneck pace. That means lots of new people entering the industry and lots of…