Nexon Korea grants game developers 6.8% raise in deal with union

Nexon Korea has announced it has agreed to give a 6.8% wage increase to the labor union representing the company’s employees.

The union, dubbed Starting Point, said it reached a tentative agreement with management to the average work wage for 2020. The Korea Herald said it was the first time that a South Korean game company had announced a wage hike publicly.

The move will likely be closely watched, as the idea of unionization has grown among game . A survey of more than 4,000 showed that 54% of game now favor unionization, compared to 47% in the survey a year ago, according to the Game Developers Association.

The Nexon GT subsidiary will also see a similar wage increase. The companies are expected to explain the changes further later this week. The union members are allowed to vote on the wage negotiations resulted in a similar increase, the union said

The two companies are scheduled to explain the negotiation process and their plans Wednesday and Thursday.

Labor union members can cast their votes online next week. In South Korea, Smilegate is the only other game company represented by a union. We’ve asked Nexon for comment.

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