The studio has been accused of inappropriate and discriminatory statements by the management group and a tradition that daunts creativity.
Dying Gentle 2 developer Techland is reportedly a turmoil-filed and often-toxic place to work, with a number of builders blaming management for poor suggestions and inappropriate habits. The issues may very well be exacerbated as a result of the present HR lead can also be the CEO’s partner.
Talking to The Gamer, a number of builders stated an artist had been given homophobic suggestions concerning a bit of labor they’d turned in. CEO Pawel Marchewka responded by saying his group has “full of life” talks as they’re iterating video games, didn’t deny that such phrases might have been used whereas giving suggestions, and stated the group would “remind our staff to verify they impart appropriately.”
Nonetheless, the report discovered that this wasn’t a one-off subject, with misogynistic statements made throughout conferences, however as a result of Marchewka’s spouse Aleksandra Marchewka is head of HR, it makes it tougher to boost a lot of these points. Turnover has been excessive on the studio, with sources saying that you simply should be “subservient” with a view to have a protracted profession there.
A number of folks additionally talked about a scarcity of creativity on the studio that spawns from Marchewka’s need to have an present reference level in one other sport when one thing new is carried out in addition to low-cost options throughout growth. They are saying it is making a tradition the place persons are being burnt out and go away, annoyed with the dearth of belief they appear to be supplied by the management.
This is not the primary controversy we have seen at Techland, although the sooner scenario wasn’t restricted to only one studio. Former Dying Light 2 narrative director Chris Avellone was accused of sexual assault and harassment by a number of folks in 2020, and Techland minimize ties with him. Avellone had additionally been engaged on Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, and writer Paradox Interactive stated none of his work could be used within the closing sport.