CD Projekt Red On Crunch Criticisms: 'Not For Everyone'

Some Glass Door reviews have forced the developer to speak out on criticisms of their workplace environment.

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CD Projekt Red is another major developer that has found itself under fire for happenings in the workplace. Naughty Dog took time to respond to sexual harassment allegations by former artist David Ballard and, now, CD Projekt Red is responding to accusations of maintaining a poor work environment.

Glassdoor is a website where companies and management teams are reviewed anonymously by employees, current or former, and CD Projekt Red's rating has been falling rapidly in recent months. Recent poor reviews, some of which are from recently departed employees as reported by Polygon, feature headlines such as "Mad king, absent-minded aristocracy and survivalists" and "Crunch central." There are recent, more positive reviews as well and a couple are titled "A place for people with passion and hunger for top quality" and "OUT OF THE BOX THINKING", both of which eerily line up with the official statement the dev tweeted from its official account:

The statement addresses the companies many departures despite the team doubling in size since the launch of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This particular part of the statement from Co-Founder Marcin Iwinski and Studio head Adam Badowski will likely be scrutinized the most:

"When we start down the road to creating something, we know the destination and we're sure of one thing: even if something feels impossible, it doesn't mean it is. And, as it turns out, most often things are perfectly possible, they just require a lot of faith, commitment, and spirit.

This approach to making games is not for everyone. It often requires a conscious effort to 'reinvent the wheel' - even if you personally think it already works like a charm. But you know what? We believe reinventing that wheel every friggin' time is what makes a better game. It's what creates innovation and makes it possible for us to say we've worked really hard on something, and we think it's worth your hard-earned cash. If you make games with a 'close enough is good enough' attitude, you end up in a comfort zone."

The concern here is that CD Projekt Red's response to allegations of a hectic, crunch-like workplace is that it's "not for everyone". This ultimately leaves a lot to the imagination and infers that those that left just weren't able to cut it in such a place. 

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    October 16, 2017 1:25 PM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, CD Projekt Red On Crunch Criticisms: 'Not For Everyone'

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      October 16, 2017 6:57 PM

      Do any game studios not overwork and burn out their devs?

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      October 16, 2017 11:20 PM

      Sounds pretty old school. As long as they're up front about it, I don't see the problem. It's not like people getting into games dev don't know the reputation the business as a whole has. But I do wonder if it's sustainable; I guess Cyberpunk will tell us that.