Rockstar's First Official Statement Regarding Company's Work Conditions


Posted January 21, 2010 - By Patrick Klepek

Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar Games runs a tight ship. There are few leaks from the Grand Theft Auto developer, despite the roughly 900 employees working at the studio's several divisions and the amount of money infused into those divisions to create the blockbusters Rockstar releases. That changed in the last few weeks, as Rockstar was accused by current and former employees that work conditions were rough, stressful and unacceptable. One former employee even compared Rockstar to the "Eye of Sauron."

In addition to April's Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar is supposed to deliver Max Payne 3 sometime in 2010. Max Payne 3 was originally scheduled to arrive this spring; now it's closer to fall sometime.

Before today, the company had not officially responded to the accusations, despite leaked internal memos addressing the issue. Rockstar did release a wallpaper to fans referencing the "Eye of Sauron" comparison, however, which seemed to be the the company's way of responding to the public.

In the latest edition of the Rockstar Newswire, however, they discussed what happened.

"Unfortunately, this is a case of people taking the opinions of a few anonymous posters on message boards as fact," reads the response from an anonymous Rockstar writer. "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," continued the response, "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."

Towards the end, Rockstar seemed to take some of the blame.

"That being said," the statement concluded, "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."

Rockstar recently released Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Red Dead Redemption is scheduled for a release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on April 27.

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Rockstar's First Official Statement Regarding Company's Work Conditions


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