The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

Tonight I want
to talk about video games. All right? Video games were a huge part
of my life growing up. My console was N64. Mario Kart, Smash Brothers,
and my personal favorite GoldenEye. You guys know the rules, right? License to kill, slappers only, no Oddjob. You guys remember Oddjob? You couldn’t kill him
because he was shorter than R2-D2. But now, video games are so much bigger,
and there’s no better sign than what went down
in New York City last weekend. A huge tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium
in Queens, and we ain’t talking tennis. “This is the Fortnite World Cup Finals.” “Sixteen-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’
Giersdorf is waking up $3 million richer. The first ever
Fortnite World Cup Champion.” “There’s his family looking on. And there’s the dance. I don’t know what that is.” That is the dance of someone who no longer has to stay married
for the kids. You know five seconds after that
he downloaded Hinge. Now, gaming culture is popular culture. It’s the new social currency. Right? You can’t be a kid
and not play Minecraft, which is why in just a few years, gaming has exploded in a way
it never has before. Gamers have sent the video gaming industry
to record levels. Netflix says that
Fortnite is a bigger threat than HBO. Red Dead Redemption 2 made $725 million
in its opening weekend. This is a bigger new industry -than marijuana.
-Absolutely. He’s like, “Marijuana, it’s a medicine that comes in a biscuit. Brilliant!” Now, the gaming industry has grown faster
than anyone could have ever imagined. It is now a $139 billion a year business. In terms of revenue, that’s bigger than
worldwide box office, music streaming and album sales,
the NFL, the NBA, MLB, and the NHL combined. Yeah, every sports league right now
is terrified, except for the NHL. They’re like, “Yay, we made the chart!” Think about this, this is insane.
Add up Kanye, Tom Brady, LeBron James, and Mike Trout and they are still no match
for a Swedish dude named Felix, who loves the n-word. One of the biggest reasons video games
have blown-up is live streaming, which is exactly what it sounds like. Gamers stream themselves playing games
in real time… even during natural disasters. Bro, it’s an earthquake,
100% it’s an earthquake. Holy shit! That’s actually strong. Oh, fucking wiggling! Whoa! Oh, this motherfucker moving, moving. Oh, shit! Muffin! Okay, Muffin is his dog, but I like to think
that it’s his safe word. He’s like, “Muffin! Brioche! Why isn’t it working?” Millions of people watch gamers
live stream on Twitch, the world’s biggest streaming platform,
and it gets 15 million visitors a day, which has transformed games like Fortnite,
PUBG, and League of Legends into enormous sporting events. Activision’s Overwatch League
has kicked off its new season. “Take-Two’s NBA 2K League
launched its second annual draft.” “A $74,000 prize.
Their game of choice? Counter-Strike.” “Call of Duty World League Tournament.” “The final of this tournament drew
more viewers last year than game six of the 2015 NBA Finals.” This is where things are going. I swear. Next year, you’re gonna
see Jay-Z and Beyoncé sitting courtside watching a pasty 16-year-old kid
play Fortnite. They’re like,
“Jay, who are you here to see?” And he’s just like, “My man, Buttsoup98.” It’s the Rock. Video games have become a cultural force unlike anything
since the creation of television. Two and a half billion people
play video games. Business is booming.
Gamers are treated like athletes, and yet, the gaming industry is filled
with stories like these. Video game maker Electronic Arts says
it is laying off 350 employees. The studio behind BioShock,
closing its doors and laying off most of its employees. Zynga announced that it will be cutting 5%
of its workforce. Activision Blizzard slashing
about 800 jobs. That’s 8%
of the video game maker’s workforce. Jeez, game companies treat their workers
like pedestrians in Grand Theft Auto. They’re like, “There’s just gonna be
some collateral damage.” Many of the most profitable
American game companies routinely lay off huge chunks
of their staff. And it’s part of a larger pattern
of labor exploitation in the gaming industry. Because it turns out the games
that we play to relax are built on ruthless worker burnout. That’s what I want to focus on tonight,
video games and labor. In the past two years alone, we found over 20 companies
that have laid off thousands of workers. Sometimes with no warning
and no severance. Like in the case of Telltale Games,
best known for The Walking Dead, which is based on a TV series
that just won’t die. I don’t know if you watch –
I mean we’re on season nine, you guys. Just shoot it in the head and end it. They’re zombies not the Simpsons. Now, you may not have heard very much
about this, and that’s not an accident. When we were researching this story, very few people were willing
to talk to us on camera. A lot of game workers sign NDAs, and they’re afraid of getting blacklisted,
but one worker agreed to talk to me. Emily Grace Buck, a game developer
who used to work at Telltale. She was there
the morning they fired everyone. Tell me about the horrific day
at Telltale. We get to the conference room,
everybody’s standing around, we walk in and the CEO is making jokes. He’s got a microphone
standing in front of everybody. He’s trying to make us laugh. So he opened up the meeting
to fire you guys by doing a set? Yes, and then he sat down and just said,
“Our journey has ended.” We were getting no severance. Our health insurance was only lasting
until the end of the week. They told us that we only had 30 minutes
to leave the building. We were expected to leave very quickly. To me, Telltale sounds like
a really bad boyfriend who was like,
“I’m telling you, like, this is great. We’re going the distance.” And then two weeks later was like,
“This is the end of our journey.” One of the things that’s scary
about games though is they’re all kind of bad boyfriends,
and you just need to pick which kind of bad you can live with. Working in the gaming industry shouldn’t be worse
than using Tinder in Boston. Think about it. Imagine being ghosted
by some dude named Parker who’s also in charge
of your health insurance. That’s what every gaming company is. Cyclical layoffs are just the start,
though. One of the worst issues in gaming
is the hours. I worked about seven days a week
between 14 and 16 hour days. “And when would you go home?” I would go home
when I was ready to collapse. Other people refused to do overtime,
and all of a sudden, their reviews were negative,
and they were fired. I lived away from home
for almost three months, uh, helping get the game done. I didn’t see my friends, my family
for a while. Although,
I was allowed some conjugal visits. Cool. I’m sure your wife loves
being referred to as a prison luxury. He’s like, “Hey, babe.
Can you come to the office? The warden says we can smash.” Now, leading up to the release of a game, companies often work their employees
for months nonstop with no overtime pay just
to hit deadlines. Almost every major gaming company
does this: EA, Rockstar, Epic, Activision, BioWare.
There’s actually a term for it. It’s called “crunch,” and it’s practically mandatory
if you want to work at a major studio. 95% of game developers say that
they’ve crunched or worked overtime, and over 80% of them say that they
weren’t paid for the extra hours. And it’s not like your typical video game
workers are getting stock options. At best, they’re getting carpal tunnel and their nephew’s respect,
which doesn’t pay shit. Crunch wrecks people mentally
and physically. Workers say months of crunch
have caused PTSD, memory loss, and ulcers
that make them cough up blood. Yeah, it sounds like video games
are being made in a Civil War hospital. By the way, it gets worse, and that’s because
of one game in particular. “And there’s the dance.
I don’t know what that is.” It’s Fortnite, the second biggest reason Drake is friends
with 14-year-olds. Now, Fortnite… Why are you texting them?
In what scenario do you text them? This isn’t a Big Brother,
Big Sister thing. It’s just fucking weird. If you don’t know the joke,
he texts Millie Bobby Brown about boys. It’s fucking bizarre. Now, Fortnite was created
by Epic Games in 2017, and now has 250 million players worldwide and has made over $3.9 billion, making Epic’s founder Tim Sweeney
a multi-billionaire, which is frustrating when you find out
how terribly he spends his money. Why does it feel like a combination
of MTV Cribs and Making a Murderer? He has to be the only tree hugger
who makes trees feel uncomfortable. Now look, games like Fortnite,
Apex Legends, and League of Legends are making crunch even worse because they’ve built their businesses on something called
“The Microtransaction Model.” Now look at Fortnite, they let everybody download the game
for free, but then they charge you for additional features,
like dance moves for your characters, “skins,” and tools,
like axes and hang gliders. Fortnite is using the same business model
as drug dealers. They give you the shit for free. They get you hooked,
and then before you know it, you’re sucking someone’s dick
for a candy axe. We’ve all been there. Don’t judge. Now this business model, it’s great for players and Tim Sweeney’s
weird-ass rock collection, but it is a nightmare for workers.
To keep players happy Fortnite has to roll out new features
all the time, which means for developers,
crunch never ends. And guess what? Epic workers say
that their managers expect them to crunch without complaining,
otherwise they might get fired. On top of all of this, players expect graphics to get better
and better every year. Just look at GTA. It went from
a Chuck E. Cheese arcade game to a deepfake of murder. Here’s the thing people don’t realize… graphics and animations
take a lot of work. I mean, making high quality visuals
can be really time intensive. And I know this because
sometimes our graphics team has to work really long hours. I mean, look at this, you guys.
Look at this design. This doesn’t just happen overnight, okay? And I’ll be honest, I haven’t been great
about giving our team enough time. But you know what? At the end of the day, I can go to sleep at night knowing
that I’ve made a lot of progress. But the thing is crunch and layoffs
aren’t two separate issues. Games have hard release dates.
They can’t just fall behind schedule. So companies staff up,
crunch their employees, then they lay people off
when the game comes out. They’re given so much work
and then none at all. They basically treat people the way all
of us treated Freddie Prinze Jr. It was just everything and then nothing. I’m looking for him, too. What?
Where is he? Freddie, come back. And they can do that
because there’s an endless supply of people willing to work in gaming. That passion is something that
prestigious colleges are happy to take advantage of. Hi, Mark. Heard about what happened
with your job. Maybe now you should do something
you enjoy. -Like what, something with video games?
-Yeah. Hey, guys. Finished testing that game yet? We just finished level three and need to tighten up
the graphics a little bit. Great. I can’t believe we got jobs doing this. I know, and my mom said I would never
get anywhere with these games. That is the whitest video of all time. You have a blonde dude in a pink polo, playing video games, yelling at his mom
for not believing in him. By the way, that last ad
couldn’t be further from reality. First of all, I’m pretty sure
“tightening up graphics” isn’t a thing. But the most unrealistic part of this ad was the fact that these two Chads
had a female supervisor, and they treated her with respect. Look, gender discrimination is another huge labor issue in gaming, which is probably the least surprising
thing you’ve learned tonight. It’s like finding out Mike Pence
pulls his underwear down to his ankles when he pees. New information? Yes. Surprising? No. Even though women now make up
half of all gamers, the industry is almost 75% male, which is obvious
when you look at any female character. I mean take a closer look. As you can see, all of these women
have one thing in common. Look closely. It’s their attitude. So much attitude. It’s just bursting through the screens. Developer surveys consistently find
that discrimination and sexism are endemic
to the gaming industry. But to understand how bad it’s gotten, we have to look at one company
in particular that is crushing it
on the sexism leaderboard. Riot Games just can’t escape controversy. This week the League of Legends developer
was slammed with a class action lawsuit, claiming that the company fosters
a sexist work environment. This lawsuit, filed by two women at Riot,
lists specific examples of how “bro culture” negatively impacted
female employees. That’s so disappointing. Remember back when bros
and gamers were enemies? Now they’re united
over their mutual fear of women. Riot Games is a huge player
in the gaming industry. This lawsuit plus three more
filed since then claimed that women
were routinely passed up for promotions and sexually harassed. Some were also given
some very strange pep talks. One plaintiff said her supervisor
told her, “Diversity should not be a focal point of the design of Riot Games’ products
because gaming culture is the last remaining safe haven
for white teen boys.” Safe haven. Why is Riot talking about teenage boys
like they’re endangered sea turtles? “They’re migrating. Where will they go?” But my favorite part of that clip is the guy’s face
when she read that quote. “Gaming culture is the last remaining
safe haven for white teen boys.” That is alarming that this kind of thing
can even be said inside a company in 2018. That right there is the same face you make when someone says they’re excited
for the next Woody Allen movie. You’re like, “Oof.” These lawsuits were the result
of a bombshell investigation from Kotaku, a gaming news site that exposed
widespread sexism at the company and because of Kotaku’s reporting, the state of California
is now investigating Riot for gender discrimination. So I sat down with the woman
who broke the Riot story. She’s an investigative reporter named
Cecilia D’Anastasio. So, how did you hear about
what was going on at Riot? Did you just drive by the offices and
hear a bunch of mouth breathing and you were like,
“Something isn’t right?” I first heard what was happening at Riot when I was investigating
another gaming company for alleged endemic sexism, actually. That’s really, really dark. Yeah. I heard stories ranging from… women not being able to hire other women
into positions of leadership. I was also hearing stories about
other women being on the list of, like, sexy employees that higher-ups
at the company wanted to sleep with. A lot of men told me about the COO,
like, going behind them and humping them at meetings where women weren’t present. You know, I’ve always wondered
what a COO does. Now I know. The culture at Riot was nuts, okay? People said they saw not just dick pics, but their boss’s dick pics. Now, look, if you see your boss’s dick, at the very least,
you should get to host Fox and Friends. Even men complained
about Riot’s bro culture. Cecilia, in your report you said that
if there were no women in a meeting, one of the managers would fart
on someone’s face. -Yeah.
-And that is fucked up. -Yeah, it is.
-I mean, this is sexism at its worst. -How?
-Women should be in the room. No. -No, no.
-We only live in an equal society, when both genders can rip it equally
in front of each other. No one should be farting on anyone
in, like, a work environment. That’s fair. Where’s he at now? Please tell me like
the dude cannot work anymore. No, he’s still at the company. -He’s still at the same company?
-He’s there, and he’s the COO. He’s still the COO. He was just suspended for two months
without pay. That’s it. Riot punished him the way
corporate America punishes women who give birth. They’re like,
“Think about what you’ve done and come back in two months.” So when you consider all of this… crunch, burnout, sexism,
no safety net, no job security. You’re probably thinking,
“Okay, if it’s so bad, why don’t they just quit?” Well, that’s the problem.
They do, which sucks. This is their livelihood. But it’s also bad for games.
Video games are amazing because they’re made by people
who love making them, which is why the workers
that haven’t quit yet are finally considering something
that has never happened before. It is time, more than time that we as an industry
left behind the idea that our work is made better by our pain. A lot of people are saying… that it’s time that the games industry
was unionized. “At industry events unionization
is increasingly on the agenda. In Canada, the International
Game Workers Unite movement is attracting new members as crunch culture forces people out
of the industry.” Game workers have talked about unionizing
for a long time. But the last few years, it is becoming a rallying cry,
especially for Game Workers Unite, a grassroots organizing group that has actually unionized game workers
in the UK, and now, they have nineteen chapters
in North America. This is part of an even bigger wave. America is going through a historic swell
in collective labor action. In 2017,
25,000 Americans went on strike. In 2018, it was almost half a million. And this year, it could be even bigger, and the gaming industry
is riding that wave. After Cecilia reported on the sexism
at Riot, employees at the company were furious
and finally did something about it. They staged a walkout. Why was there a walkout at Riot? What was the fart
that broke the camel’s back? It wasn’t a fart. Lawsuits were filed
against Riot after Kotaku’s report. And a couple of them were forced
into arbitration with Riot. What is forced arbitration? It’s like, “You can’t take me to court,
you have to negotiate with me.” So hundreds of Riot employees walked out
in what was the first walkout in game development history. And I think organizing around that would
be a really good idea for game workers. Do you realize how impressive that is? An army of gamers… walking. This is why unionization is so critical
for game workers. Just look at the issues they’re facing: insane hours, no severance, unfair contracts,
sexist work environments. These are all issues
that unions were built to solve. They also make sure
you don’t get humped from behind. Now look, I get there are people
that might be seeing all of this thinking, “Aww, boo-hoo, you want me to care
about video game workers? Look, I work all the time, man.
I don’t get overtime. I’ve been fired, and my boss farts
in my face all the time. So what?”
Well, congratulations. You’re probably getting screwed, too. We all have to rethink
what a union job looks like. It’s no longer just coal miners
and steel workers lifting up heavy shit. Yes, those people need protection,
but so do people who work at desks. Right? This is the future.
If you work in front of a computer, what’s happening in video games
right now affects you. Other industries are figuring this out. While overall union membership is down, white collar professionals
have been unionizing in record numbers. Journalists, digital media, grad students,
presidential campaigns, and nonprofits. But so far, nothing in tech. That’s why this push
to organize game workers is coming at such a critical time. Do you think if one of these
video game companies unionizes, there will be a ripple effect
across the entire industry? I absolutely think so
because the same thing happened in my industry, media. Gawker unionized and then maybe a dozen
other digital media publications unionized in its wake. And I don’t see any reason why
that wouldn’t happen in the games industry where workers are fueled by passion
and are often exploited because of that. Gaming companies don’t want this
to happen. And a lot of people outside the industry
either “A”– don’t care or “B”– have no idea
what workers are going through. We actually refer to people
in the game industry as veterans once they’ve reached five years working
because the average career in video games is only five years long, and it’s lower than that
if you’re a woman or a person of color. Do gamers realize there are
all these problems within the industry? Some of them do,
and some of them don’t. But I think that if gamers
start caring about working conditions in the industry,
companies are gonna change. She’s right.
The only way the industry will change… is if players know how their games
really get made. So to get the word out,
I had to go where the gamers are. Hey, it’s Hasan. I just want to talk about
labor abuses in the video game industry. So I thought I’d come right in the game
and talk to you guys. -Let’s do this, douchebag.
-Yeah, sure, okay, I’ll just follow you. But reaI quick, I just wanted to chat with you
about labor rights in video games. -What?
-Oh, shit, you’re dead. -God damn it.
-Damn it, I’m dead. “This is brutal over here.” Not as brutal as the lack
of job security designers have. “Dude, you’re ruining the game.” Hi, friend. Do you have a moment
to just chat about labor rights -in video games?
-Move! Fuck. How come I only last ten seconds? You suck. Well, that’s why I hired you to coach me. Okay, so stop lecturing them
and get a weapon. Hey, just real quick. Do you guys realize that programmers
don’t even receive residuals -on the video games they make?
-Pick up your controller and shoot! I’m holding it.
You don’t have to talk to me like that. And here’s the crazy part,
if the workers complain, they’ll just get replaced. Yeah, they will straight up
fire them and– Weeee! Oh, shit. Lava! These companies don’t want
their programmers to– I was just gonna say unionize. No one wants to hear this. You don’t know that. “C’mon, revive me, man.” You know, PyssPapa69, I would do that. -Are you gonna be a good listener?
-Are you fucking serious? -That’s what happens.
-Hey, labor rights guy, over here. -Awesome.
-Uh-huh. Yeah, just go in there. This is great. Finally,
someone wants to just talk in private -about worker protection. Hey!
-Suck it! -Alright, I think it’s time to stop.
-No, ten more minutes! -No, let’s–
-Please! Oh, my God. Hey guys, can we just have a conversation about the benefits of unionizing? Come on! It’s the only way to guarantee fair wages.
Come on! Fucking hell. Shit. Fuck it. Shoot me in the head
if you think they deserve basic benefits. Thank you. I don’t want to brag… but I think I changed some minds. I’ll see you guys next week.

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

  1. Thicky McGhee says:

    This guy is legit funny and deep.

  2. Redshinemoon one says:


  3. L C says:

    Such a good show, great work Hasan!

  4. James Fischer says:

    Well women count as 48% of all gamers if you count candy crush, farmville and casual puzzles.

  5. Tomas Senn says:

    I want to make a joke about how familiar I am with people talking about how "the entertainment you love is built off talking advantage of the passion of creators in an extremely competitive industry to endanger their health and financial stability." But I've heard people bring it up like nobody has no idea this is happening so often that I'm all out of things to say.

  6. Tomas Senn says:

    Something else Tim Sweeny does with his money is forest preservation. He is one of the largest land owners in North Carolina, which includes thousands of acres of undeveloped forests.

    If the point was that game companies could use the money better than that's pretty much true, but you chose the guy who's well known for using the money he makes to preserve forests, and made fun of how he owned a lot of land.

    This isn't hard to learn, on wikipedia there's a "concervation and philanthropy" tab where the first sentence is "Sweeney has bought large tracts of land in different parks, largely in North Carolina; such as Mount Mitchell State Park, and Box Creek Wilderness and other large tracts of land to connect national parks and stop development into commercial areas."

  7. Baby Panda says:

    Im more concern to this dude's eyes, it seems it will pop out anytime.

  8. AbyssGnasher says:

    you were holding a ps4 controller and then an xbox one controller xD

  9. ZombieMiezz says:

    Every coder and game designer I know has at least PTSD.

  10. Jamie Cottrell says:

    "Games have hard release dates, they can't just fall behind schedule."

    Valve: That's where you're wrong kiddo.

  11. Jude Chauhan says:

    ok I was only partially agreeing to everything so far but this line at 8:17 I lost it XD
    no but seriously the industry maybe but the gaming community is not sexist or any other ism
    Also wit riot games saying the last "safehaven" it wasn't wrong XD by you denying that they could possibly have any hardships you effectively are confirming his statement.
    During WW2 the allies did nothing to stop Germany attacking Poland because they didn't feel a need to, they ignored it. Obviously it's no where near as bad as but it's the same core principle.

  12. Reen3 says:

    I mean tbf, Telltale went into bankruptcy so of course they'd have had to lay their workers off. R.I.P telltales….

  13. M00s3r says:

    Freddie Prinze Jr. is now in games. Mostly bioware games

  14. 9det says:

    The moment video game companies IPO'ed and replaced their founders with generic spreadsheet-driven CEOs, this kind of stuff became more common….

    Perfect example of modern day Capitalism… make more money for the shareholders…screw everyone else…

  15. Will Sabri says:

    Bro this is cringe

  16. Brad Parker says:

    "A swedish guy who loves saying the N-word". Give me a fucking break.

  17. Nicholas Olesen says:

    I would work in the gaming industry/ a studio but this is exactly why I don’t.

  18. bob boberson says:

    my job is all dudes and people are always getting humped from behind. Im not even kidding.

  19. Marc Mcglynn says:

    Video games take over on peoples lives. Go climb a rock instead!

  20. Marc Mcglynn says:

    Frequency and brainwashing …video games are horrible for your health when all you do for 6-8 hours a day is sit in a room and you forgot there was a thing called outside.

  21. Just Me says:

    calling white people 'pasty' is racist

  22. Yarraman Steel says:

    Nerds are sexist? And who is surprised?

  23. lemon274 says:

    This video will = worse games though….

  24. Hexenkind1 says:

    Thank you so much for bringing this up.

  25. Jerico Kagaoan says:

    After watching this video I feel bad about complaining small mistakes such bug glitchea etc in a game without knowing how much effort the devs put just to provide a better gaming experience

  26. Paul Villapino says:

    This decades old problem with crunching and burnout has also been part of why indie game development and playing and appreciation of indie games has bloomed, fruited and spread again over the years.

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  28. Q8 Darius says:

    just another racist Swedish streamer 4HEAD

  29. Sandeep Gautam says:

    I like the Felix reference

  30. Halil Zelenka says:

    Unions function to enforce labour discipline and separate workers from each other by sector. They are against the working class, particularly when it is in struggle. They routinely sabotage working class struggle by preventing it from generalizing across narrow sectoral or geographical divisions. We need strike committees and committees of revocable delegates to organize our mass struggle, as well as a political organization to wage the long term political struggle

  31. It's always sunny in Goa says:

    Ok but every work sector has its own downsides,
    Someone doesnt just gets racist or sexist as soon as they join the gaming industry thats stupid ,blame the individual not the whole gaming sector
    And what if we want to see big boobs in the gameplay, it's not degrading to women whatsoever
    If you're so concerned about wamans dignity ban the porn industry, don't you think its double standards when girls objectify men for a six pack ,but roles reversed and all hell breaks loose
    The kid was right stop lecturing

  32. Robin Vitalino dos Santos says:

    women cant hire women. women should be in that room, no?, LUL

  33. Dinohsaw says:

    Don’t forget that disingenuous and misleading game reviews are another side effect of crunch. Looking at you IGN >_>
    Though they have a little something for everyone 9/10

  34. IHappyChicken says:

    Wow, this is mad.

  35. fabiusbilerouge says:

    Felix said it once don't be a douche

  36. Arnab Patnaik says:

    Why do I still have Netflix ?

  37. Chris Edwards says:

    Not loving that PewDiePie characterization

  38. TheHilarious GoldenChariot says:

    This guy looks like Ray William Johnson

  39. kasa says:

    Half of the gamers being female statistic in this video is kind of miselading. That counts all the mobile games too, which everyone plays. PC gaming and especially competitive games are dominated by male customer base. This also means gaming industry is mostly male due to obvioua reasons.

  40. Not using my name damn it says:

    I like the way league does microtransactions. The only things you can't get with in-game money in Leag Of Legends are cosmetics and even then, you have a small chance of winning random ones. You can realistically play LoL without spending a dim and be the best player in the world. By Level 30 (When the real game starts) You should have at least 30 people to pick from out of 200. You play as one person for 50 minutes. If that is not fair? I don't know what is. I love the way league does money. I always have. I live in poverty and I am excited to give them my money because I love the model they use. NOTHING is pay to win. NOTHING is pay to be better. Everything that is real money only is cosmetics.

    I don't mind if we get less stuff and they work less. That could be a good thing, better quality items. More time on them


    If these are the statistics and Trump is making America great again,Ha what an irony

  42. Periodic Moonshine says:

    "…It's Fucking Bizarre…

    So Fortnite…" LMAO, the transition is priceless

  43. A K says:

    What you said about 10 – 15 hours of work time is common in India. And also there is no safety. Public infrastructure quality is so bad that you curse yourself seeing it.
    You said about gender thing is true. My suggestion is just don't hire female employees in job. Male and female are not equal. If you still find it equal then try to see both gender nude. You will find the difference.
    And lastly what '@
    First Name, Surname' commented, I wish it too. GFX team pop up box looks cool in the presentation & it will be cool in the future if it appears with funny context.

  44. Mindy Hooper says:

    Those player's mic quality is too high to be real people, should have just went xbox group post and asked people what they thought ONLY until 10 year olds join in..

  45. Helen C says:

    The comment section looks straight out of gamer gate, some people never listen to nuance.

  46. Christopher Sharp says:

    My absolute favorite episode

  47. Ano Nymus says:

    That "Journalist" has no sense of humor. Like with the fart joke where both genders should be able to fart on one another – you can either laugh or say it's not funny, but correcting the joke to "no one should fart on one another" just shows me that she is a smug b. Must be fun at parties

  48. ZiplockBob says:

    Ironically, Freddie Prince Junior is on twitch. That would have made for a great followup joke.

  49. nar ́to Uzumaki says:

    if u let them treat u like this…they'll do it … Crunch? … yeah u wish
    i work 40 hrs a week thats it … no overtime no weekends …
    maybe if there is an emergency and they ask nicely … i think about it … but only once every 6 months
    Lifes too short

  50. nar ́to Uzumaki says:

    you want to Fire me … do it
    i get a New job in not even 24 hrs

  51. Alec Galpert says:


  52. Alec Galpert says:

    Puff puff Pass

  53. Anon2767 says:

    At least all the big publishers are making sure to also not pay any taxes.

  54. Frank Vincent Tolores Gesmundo says:

    i hate you hasan why did you include Felix, he's not racist he's just an uneducated man living inside his house the whole time

  55. palmieres says:

    Freddy Prince Jr is actually doing voice work in video games nowadays.

  56. Omer El-Tag says:

    Your doin a hell of job man

  57. Akshay Prashant says:

    13:20 – "So much attitude! It's bursting through the screens"

  58. eon001 says:

    That Fortnite skit at the end might have actually gone differently if he spoke to real gamers. He should have at least tried to stream with real gamers. You'd be surprised.

  59. hugo decroix says:

    He is soo ignorant it hurt

  60. hugo decroix says:

    The pewdiepie comment is just dumd and ignorant

  61. Esse Delendam says:

    The difference here is responsible businesses versus those that are not.

  62. TekoLS says:

    Yeah, of course, speak of the Sexism against women, but leave out how crazy it is for the men who have to work with women who act like the men you pointed out. If these men were to come forth, they would be hurled through the Gauntlet of whipped men and angry females. Otherwise, very informative.

  63. DBGMLV says:

    They are just cutting the US employees, meanwhile hiring cheaper developers in eastern Europe and India. I'm from Bulgaria and I've seen multiple videogame studios open development studios in the capital. Developers are paid a lot more than the average for Bulgaria, but not even 1/3 of what they have to pay developer in the US.

  64. j peiper says:

    laughs in chinese if someone really believes that unions will solve any of the problems stated in the video should start watching where most of the game companies move their studios

  65. Shannon Wiggins says:

    Let's see if I learn anything I haven't already heard repeatedly from Jimquisition

  66. Noe Hernandez says:

    That Drake joke and the Fox and friends joke killed me 😂😂😂😂

  67. Mr. Gentleman Robot says:

    If companies are cyclically firing their workers, I am a 100 percent sure that they will have no doubts about cutting out any rebellion and unionization in their ranks, as well serving it as an example to other workers. If there is enough expendable workforce to cyclically fire it, unionizing can get cut down at the root.

  68. baphnie says:

    The 90s want their laugh track back.

  69. Khondokar Rahman says:


  70. Marador Gold says:

    I love Riot Games. Sad, that I have no idea of how to code etc. Sounds like an astonishing work-place with a lot of benefits. 😁😂

  71. VeroMithril says:

    The Walking Dead tv series is based on the game. The game was based on the comics

  72. Smoove BB says:

    Come on now, look at the male characters. They aren't exactly representative of the average man. Sexy characters isn't a gender issue, is a fantasy issue. Games are about fantasy.

  73. Monica Michelle says:

    Punished the way women are for giving birth. Wow accurate. Never thought about it that way before but yes.

  74. Iceican says:

    i like but that last part about pewds was a little over the line.

  75. Caleb Hinnant says:

    They should rename this show Hassan Ruins Everything

  76. PhantomGamer28 says:

    Swedish dude who likes the n word…
    Big oof mate

  77. shadowmohd says:

    8:12 looool

  78. Qi Siang Ng says:

    Good luck Hassan. Gaming scene has been infiltrated by the Far Right. And they want everyone to be poor and oppressed.

  79. Basic Insight says:

    00:00 Mention CD Project Red or else I'll flip.
    24:15 I'm flipped but a great video tho

  80. Adel The Kid says:

    I’d still watch a woody Allen movie if its good

  81. Adel The Kid says:

    I don’t get why they brought up farting like it’s a crime

  82. M 1 says:

    2:13 wtf bro. He donated millions to charity. He had to grind for 8 years. Had lawsuits thrown at him because he wanted to make jokes. Had his OWN WEDDING insulted by SJWs. Had to battle through controversy for years and makes millions of people happiness and you're just gonna say " 🤡oh UuUh he said nword once that means he loves calling people black slaves🤡(which was givin by African leaders that sold their own people)" like wtf. NO. You're giving people's first impression of pewdiepie as a racist. That is not cool dude nor funny.

  83. M 1 says:

    2:13 wtf bro. He donated millions to charity. He had to grind for 8 years. Had lawsuits thrown at him because he wanted to make jokes. Had his OWN WEDDING insulted by SJWs. Had to battle through controversy for years and makes millions of people happiness and you're just gonna say " 🤡oh UuUh he said nword once that means he loves calling people black slaves🤡(which was givin by African leaders that sold their own people)" like wtf. NO. You're giving people's first impression of pewdiepie as a racist. That is not cool dude nor funny.

  84. M 1 says:

    2:13 wtf bro. He donated millions to charity. He had to grind for 8 years. Had lawsuits thrown at him because he wanted to make jokes. Had his OWN WEDDING insulted by SJWs. Had to battle through controversy for years and makes millions of people happiness and you're just gonna say " 🤡oh UuUh he said nword once that means he loves calling people black slaves🤡(which was givin by African leaders that sold their own people)" like wtf. NO. You're giving people's first impression of pewdiepie as a racist. That is not cool dude nor funny.

  85. Jalebi Milk says:

    in all honesty tho fouseytube is worse than pewdiepie

  86. Jalebi Milk says:

    I'm so glad he talked about this ESPECIALLY riot games and telltale games !! Also reminds me of the same cruelty in the anime industry

  87. Romeoleus says:

    My Grampa was able to retire at 65, buy a humble home in a south suburb of Tampa and spend his latter years fishing and relaxing in 1955. He got 18 years to do that. He was ALSO an immigrant from "Prussia" who worked his ass off to come to America at the age of 18 by literally shutting sh!t off of a cattle steamer which could then import cows to the US in the 1910's. The new generation are the same victims of cattle sh!ttle traffickers (i.e. human traffickers) who work their asses off while those at the top reap the benefits. Just modern slavery, ey?

  88. Hazukichan X says:

    Uh, Riot. Video games aren't your goddamn safe space for "hilariously" inappropriate white boys.
    Real gamers dislike those pricks just as much as everyone else! ^_^

  89. RadenWA says:

    This seems to be a commonplace in industries where there are way too many people who would willingly do it regardless of the conditions, making them expendable. Perhaps one solution to it would be if more and more of these workers switch industry or go indie so these big companies can feel scarcity and start to offer more.

  90. PeeGee85 says:

    Saying "gamers" are afraid of women and/or hate them is just pathethic. Also, sexualisation isn't the same as sexism, you bunch of puritans, breasts are not evil.

  91. Nassimox says:

    You bring up some real issues but shower them with so much bullshit that it's hard to actually take anything you say seriously.

  92. Tyler Haknuman says:

    Union. Or being exploit like hoes.

  93. nomar mar says:

    subscribe to pewdiepie

  94. J3 says:

    I agree with all the points you made but I pressed the dislike button for that ignorant comment about PewDiePie

  95. Masonwabe Joka says:

    The multi-camera director is so cruel to this guy.

  96. Tony Styles says:

    This is what makes Hassan Minhaj a fucking GOAT!! Talking about what every other political show is NOT

  97. Ozzy Dowery says:

    The irony about his Freddy Prinze Jr joke is that Freddy did the voice over for a character named The Iron Bull in Dragon Age: Inquisition…a video game that released in 2014.

  98. Media Resonate says:

    Game dev here. This is fact.

  99. Sarunas J says:

    needs more camera angles and cut scenes.

  100. Rob Hardy says:

    Yeah…. we already know. Drake is gay and a paedo….

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