Fair Play, a global organisation dedicated to the development of fair working practices, is calling for a fair wage for the millions of workers who work in the entertainment industry, and a fair playing field for those who play the games.
Fair Play is calling on the European Union to extend the period of fair play to cover games that are not explicitly advertised for their potential impact on the environment.
The organisation is calling the current rule a “tough and painful rule”, which will likely affect more people than the number of hours worked per day.
In an email, Fair Play’s managing director, Ian Smith, said the proposed fair play rule will have an impact on those who are “not particularly concerned about the environment”.
“We’re not saying that the rule is the worst thing in the world, but we are saying that it will affect many more people,” Smith said.
“There’s been an increasing number of campaigns to change the current unfair labour practices rule that has seen many companies and individuals coming out in support of a fairer playing field and fair wage.
As the Fair Play group says, it is very hard to argue against this policy, as the EU has stated clearly in its proposal, and the EU and the US have also recently passed similar measures.”
These new proposals will take some getting used to but we know from experience that it’s better to be fair than to be lucky.
Fair play is better than being lucky.
“We have been pushing for the UK to take action on the issue for years.
Fair Play has been lobbying for the EU to extend fair play rules to all games, including those that are advertised for environmental reasons.
A few years ago we brought forward a proposal to extend fairness to all video games, but this is the first time we’ve been able to propose this proposal with any firm backing.”
The Fair Play proposals were also supported by the Independent Games Festival, which said they were “a real boost to the industry”.
“We support the Fair Work Commission’s proposal to make fair play the norm across the games industry,” said IGCF executive director Nick Dickson.
He said the move would “allow the industry to continue to innovate and provide more opportunities for everyone to have fun”.
“It’s a welcome move, but it doesn’t go far enough.
We know the gaming industry has many challenges, including the growing threat of pollution and other threats to our planet, but now more than ever we need to work together to improve the lives of everyone on this planet,” Dickson added.
The EU has previously stated that fair play is essential for the economy to grow.
In May, the European Commission proposed a series of reforms to improve fair play in games, with a proposed rule that would extend fair work to all of the industry’s games.
The Commission said that this would improve “the quality and competitiveness of all games”.
The proposed rule has also attracted criticism from the likes of The Guardian, which recently announced it would end its support for the proposal.
It comes as the ESA prepares to launch its first ever report on the impact of video games on the world.