The Game designers' association SAZ
is open to everybody designing games - published or not. It is a forum for game
designers with over 350 members so far. What's most important is the fact that
the association exists and is considered a serious partner by the product managers.
They know that they do not only speak with the single game designer but that she
or he can turn to the SAZ as a moderator and contact in case of trouble. The association
has paid for lawyer's statements concerning designers' contracts and regularly
publishes the members' newsletter "SAZ-News".