Another day, another piece of bad news: Earlier this month, the US Department of Labor filed papers against developer Sensory Sweep Studios, citing the Fair Labor Standards Act. It's asking for more than $2 million. Basically, Sensory Sweep is being accused of not paying its employees fairly.
Employees of Sensory Sweep have put up a website to give their side of the story. Here's the quote from the front page:
"This website is dedicated to the employees of Sensory Sweep, past and present. Sensory Sweep demanded a lot from us. We put our lives on hold for them. We worked shifts than ran long into the night, and then into the following morning. We sacrificed relationships for them. Marriages and families suffered because of them. They wanted the impossible from us, and that is exactly what we delivered. In return, they fed us lies and deception."
The employees also allege that the company has "stolen [employees'] 401K money," and says "Sensory Sweep has been ignoring the rulings made against them so far. And they might not even have the money to settle all the wage disputes."
Sensory Sweep apparently hasn't issued a statement about the matter, but their website reads, "Sensory Sweep is one of the hottest up-and-coming game developers in the world."
The games mentioned in the filing include My English Coach (Ubisoft, for Nintendo), Gluco Boy II (Bayer Medical Group, for Nintendo) TNA Impact/Wrestling (Midway, for Nintendo DS), Drama Queens (Paramount, for Unknown), Tale of Desperaux (Atari, formerly Brash, for PS2 and Wii), The Bigs (2K for Nintendo), Scentient (an in-house game for 360).
For the record: Gluco Boy II is a game designed to teach diabetic kids how to deal with their disease. So if any employees worked on that and didn't get paid fairly, double shame on whoever is responsible!