Crytek Denies “Hire and Fire” Allegations
Games may be more popular and better understood in 2011 than in any year before, but the process that creates them is still a mystery to many. It is disappointing, therefore, to hear rumors of unfairness in the workplaces where people craft our favorite games. L.A. Noire developers Team Bondi engaged in a brisk round of “he said, she said” earlier this year, Crytek, makers of Crysis 2 (see our walkthrough, mod tools download, and graphics tweak guide) are the next in line.
An anonymous Tumblr entitled “hire and fire crytek,” recently hit the Internet, accusing the German developers of treating their employees as disposable. and Grueling hours to meet deadlines that resulted from management incompetence are bemoaned. The blog also points the multiple lawsuits filed by ex-employees seeking increased severance compensation.
In an interview with Develop magazine, Crytek co-founder Avni Yerli went on record to defend his studio against these allegations. The magazine asked many pointed questions, to which Yerli gave carefully conciliatory answers. The truth of the matter, no doubt, lies somewhere between his practiced smoothness and the vitriol of the anonymous Tumblr. The German legal system, which gives mandates generous severance rights, is an added complication.
Still, in order to create games of the highest quality, it is important that game developers are fairly treated, and GameFront intends to remain vigilant. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, as the old saw goes, and no publisher or studio should escape censure if it treats employees unfairly.