EAxploitation Games… Overwork Everyone

It seems that the console games industry is on the brink of meltdown due to burnout staff working practices – EA (NASDAQ: ERTS) being the most prominent offender, and the potential recipient of a potential class action lawsuit. This comes in the wake of numerous reports of a corporate culture of abuse, burnout, death march development cycles, and gross management incompetence, according to both firsthand accounts and anonymous rants by family members of developers.

There is talk of forming a Game Developer’s union, not to mention countless op-ed pieces on how to turn out a games project on schedule without losing half your developers in the process. I don’t know how, but I think it’s definitely time for something to change. I’ve eperienced long working hours on both games and web projects, and it’s true that working later and harder on projects is a fact of life in creative industries – however, EA’s alleged approach of a scheduled, unending crunch has got to be a sure way of destroying some of the games industry’s best talent. If I had to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week, that career in carpentry would start to look damned attractive…

I, for one, am not going to be buying any EA games in the foreseeable future – and it’s been a long time since I’ve used any of their graphics applications