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The chants rang out all day, every day of TwitchCon. “Check out! Check out! What do we want? A new contract! When do we want it? Now!” As Twitch’s massive convention spilled out into the streets of downtown San Jose, California last weekend, it was impossible to miss the workers on strike in front of the Marriott hotel.

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Videos games are an expensive hobby, often demanding a great deal of trust whenever you buy a new one. Buying a game winds up being a number of things. A purchase is a gamble. It’s an encouragement. It’s a participation in exploitation. And it’s a conversation with the many people who brought you the game.