Former staff members of Rockstar Games have spoken out about players planning to boycott Red Dead Redemption 2 based on reports of poor working conditions at the studio.
Kotaku‘s Jason Schreier recently published a lengthy and interesting investigative piece looking into the working conditions at Rockstar Games. Speaking with several current and former employees, Schreier investigates the claims that some staff members worked 100 hour weeks to complete the game, despite the studio’s attempt to later clarify these comments.
Following these nasty claims, many fans asked if they should avoid purchasing or playing Red Dead Redemption 2 in an attempt to support the staff’s tough experiences. Many current and former employees, however, encourage players to purchase the games.
For one, those who put long weeks into the game want people to see what they’ve done. Also, given that this year’s bonuses will be based on royalties, any sort of large-scale boycott may hurt Rockstar employees more than it helps, some current employees have said.
The staff instead encourage people to speak out against poor workplace practices in the industry, hopefully encouraging Rockstar to change its work ethics for upcoming projects.