there has been no reduction in health benefits or ancillary benefits and perks (such as free dinners and massages etc), wage increases across the studio have kept track with cost of living increases, and anyone who feels they have been overlooked for a bonus for a game they worked on please contact HR to discuss as soon as possible)," it goes on.The email urges employees with grievances to contact the publisher's human resources department, adding, "We are committed to working through any issues anyone at the studio may have, and to providing support wherever possible." Today, the International Game Developers Association issued its own public response, which in part reads, "The IGDA finds the practice of undisclosed and constant overtime to be deceptive, exploitative, and ultimately harmful not only to developers but to their final product and the industry as a whole.
Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games announced some major changes to its Canadian game studios: Namely, that it's dissolved Rockstar Vancouver, one of the major contributing studios behind Max Payne 3, to refocus its efforts on another Canadian studio, Rockstar Toronto.
After numerous delays and several alleged development hiccups, Rockstar Games released Max Payne 3 in May, and while the game received positive reviews and saw a strong launch at retail, it looks like it'll be the last title for the Vancouver team.
Following an open letter published last week on Gamasutra's blog section, containing numerous allegations of excessive crunch time, mismanagement, and unlawful working conditions, an apparent internal Rockstar email response has surfaced, as has an official response from the International Game Developers Association.
Today, a claimed developer going by "Justwanna makegames" posted an alleged internal email to the thread originating from the Rockstar Games headquarters in New York.
Before they met, Bryan Adams wrote a song about his fascination with Princess Diana and how she "drove him wild".
Now the rock star's former girlfriend has claimed that the pair went on to have an affair.
After Charles divorce Her allegations - which have not been denied by Adams - emerged after Diana's butler Paul Burrell claimed that the Princess had nine secret lovers, including a famous musician.
"I knew Diana had an affair with Bryan," said the Danish actress yesterday.
is described as "an epic tale of life in America's unforgiving heartland" on the game's teaser website, which also touts a "brand new online multiplayer experience" and promises a forthcoming trailer on Thursday.
It's currently listed for release on the Sony Play Station 4 and Microsoft Xbox One.
While our research shows that many studios have found ways to preserve quality of life for their employees, unhealthy practices are still far too common in our industry." Collectively attributed to an account named "Rockstar Spouse," the original blog post claims to be on behalf of several wives of studio employees who "have collected themselves to assert their concerns" and are calling for "immediate action to ameliorate conditions of employees." The post alleges that since roughly March 2009, Rockstar San Diego, the developer of the Midnight Club series and the upcoming Red Dead Redemption, has significantly reduced employee benefits, taken away vacation time, exempted various employees from overtime pay, and undergone frequent and repeated crunch periods, with six-day 12-hour work weeks.