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Rockstar denies allegations of poor working conditions

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 23 Jan 2010 8:45 User comments (7)

Rockstar denies allegations of poor working conditions Rockstar Games has responded to an open letter attributed to "wives of employees" that alleges Rockstar workers suffer poor working conditions at a certain studio. The letter alleged that Rockstar was pushing employees to the brink at its San Diego studio. Employees were expected to work 12 hour days, including Saturdays, and the company had been dishonest about deadlines, according to the letter.
It demanded that Rockstar change its working practices or face legal action over the threat to workers' health at the studio. On Rockstar's official website, the developer made its first public comments on the allegations in response to fan questions. "As for the stories spreading around the internet, yes we have noticed them. Unfortunately, this is a case of people taking the opinions of a few anonymous posters on message boards as fact," the company stated.

"No business is ever perfect, but Rockstar Games is a tight knit team made up of around 900 supremely talented and motivated professionals, many of whom have worked here for a very long time. We're saddened if any former members of any studio did not find their time here enjoyable or creatively fulfilling and wish them well with finding an environment more suitable to their temperaments and needs, but the vast majority of our company are focused solely on delivering cutting edge interactive entertainment."

"We've always cared passionately about the people working here, and have always tried to maintain a supportive creative environment. There is simply no way Rockstar could continue to produce such large scale, high quality games without this. That being said, making great games is very challenging, which is why we have and will continue to try to keep hold of some of the best talent in the industry and support them in every way we can."

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7 user comments

123.1.2010 10:32
av_verbal
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an insider stated that they was even beaten with a 12" purple phallus....

223.1.2010 11:43
fgamer
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lol..oh god, the abuse from getting paid in an industry where real work constitutes as sitting your fat as at a computer. Oh the humanity!!

323.1.2010 18:25

Originally posted by fgamer:
lol..oh god, the abuse from getting paid in an industry where real work constitutes as sitting your fat as at a computer. Oh the humanity!!

There's a little more into it. Programming games isn't just playing with the keyboard.

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423.1.2010 22:25

Quote:
Originally posted by fgamer:
lol..oh god, the abuse from getting paid in an industry where real work constitutes as sitting your fat as at a computer. Oh the humanity!!

There's a little more into it. Programming games isn't just playing with the keyboard.
Thank you. I work with computers 9 hours a day and can get frustrating at times. Put games out by a certain deadline takes a lot of man hours. If you do not got love for what you do, then your doing a job that is not for you.

524.1.2010 5:59

I would Work out of a trash can If I got paid what these people do.

625.1.2010 3:42

From reading this i can tell that its about money more than conditions the old workers may not have got what they felt they deserved but truly if this is the case why did not Rockstar just pay these guys out and let them go on with their lives.
But i like the letter very diplomatic.

728.1.2010 10:04

Originally posted by NINVIN21:
I would Work out of a trash can If I got paid what these people do.
Go for it, Oscar.
;)

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