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IGDA to investigate Team Bondi crunch policy

Tuesday, 28th June 2011 13:26 GMT By Johnny Cullen

The International Game Developers Association has said it’ll investigate claims over LA Noire developer Team Bondi’s crunch work policy.

“Certainly reports of 12-hour a day, lengthy crunch time, if true, are absolutely unacceptable and harmful to the individuals involved, the final product, and the industry as a whole,” chairman of the board of the directors at the IGDA, Brian Robbins, told Develop.

Robbins wouldn’t comment further other than to ask those who were at Bondi to email the IGDA with either positive or negative responses.

It comes after an IGN expose that was published at the weekend said that the crunch period at the Sydney developer during the making of LA Noire was “ominous,” with one ex-staffer adding that studio head Brendan McNamara was “the angriest person” he’d ever met.

McNamara has, for his part, said he was being “passionate.”

If you still haven’t read that article, you probably should. It’s an excellent read.

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  1. The Massive Slag

    And what will they do if they do discover dubious working practices? Nothing. The IGDA has absolutely no power within the games industry. They’re not a regulatory body, and have now powers to sanction Team Bondi, Rockstar or 2K. Pissing in the wind again boys.

    Get your act together with TIGA and sort out a proper union and regulatory body, and then we can talk about investigations.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. CroMagnon

    This.

    You don’t have to be a screaming lefty to see that this is what an industry where the workers haven’t unionized looks like. The film industry bosses would love to be able to have conditions like this, but the movies have the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America (that’s just in the US – there are usually equivalents in every country)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. IRISHBULL

    Yep. Pro-Union all the way!!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. osric90

    L.A. Noire rocks… but so does Nike, right?

    #4 3 years ago