Rockstar Employees Share Positive Company Experiences After Social Media Ban Lifted
The long-awaited Red Dead Redemption 2 will finally be within the reach of gamers in just one week. While many Rockstar Games fans have been expressing excitement over the title’s development since its announcement, much of the recent conversation about the game has revolved around allegations of employees facing intense schedules and poor working conditions.
Rockstar Games, as a developer, has been notorious in the industry for keeping a tight lid on both their projects and the inner-workings of their company. The developer went to the extent of placing a social media ban, which has now been lifted, and has led to many Rockstar employees sharing the positive experiences they have had with the company.
So…about the whole 'Rockstar working conditions' thing. I know a lot of my fellow devs will be sharing their experiences, and I wanted to share mine because reading all of the press around it has been, quite frankly, a total bummer on what should be an exciting week for us.
— Keith Thorburn (@keiththorburn81) October 18, 2018
Many Rockstar employees have begun sharing a look at their enjoyable times at a Rockstar Games, such as Rockstar North’s Music Developer Keith Thorburn. The music developer shared on his personal Twitter account how positive working on Red Dead Redemption 2 was for him, saying “This was one of the most rewarding and least stressful projects I’ve worked on. I know what epic crunch feels like but this was managed in such a way that I felt happy and healthy.” Thorburn did clarify that he can only share his personal experience, and does not wish to discredit any negative experiences that any of his fellow coworkers might have.
I have been at Rockstar for two years, and worked on RDR2. I have never worked anywhere close to 100 hrs a week. There was some crunch sure but nothing ridiculous. We worked hard on the game but we weren’t being abused. I think the most I did on RDR2 was 60 for one week.
— Danny Bannister (@BeardyDan3D) October 18, 2018
I've spent nearly 5 years at Rockstar North. Number of 100 hour weeks done? Zero. Number of times i've been given any pressure for that? Zero. I've also been promoted during that time. I love working here, otherwise i'd go work somewhere else.
— PepsiPunk (@Pepsi_Punk) October 18, 2018
Other Rockstar employees have stated that while working on Red Dead Redemption 2, they did not have weeks where they worked anywhere near the 100 hours that some claimed they had been forced into earlier this month. Granted, these employees all acknowledged that they speak only for their own experiences. Given the size of the company and their various departments, it could very well be the case that these accounts are all valid and based on individual managers’ policies, as well as both positive and negative experiences that are being had at Rockstar.
Hopefully, if any poor working conditions did occur during RDR2’s development, it will all be over soon and corrected on future projects. It would be a shame for such a beloved developer to have their positive reputation turned into a tumbleweed-populated western ghost town.
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