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Crytek slams “misleading accusations” over unfair dismissal

Monday, 5th September 2011 09:35 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Crytek co-founder Avni Yerli has denied claims of unfair dismissal of staff and crunch periods of up to six months at the company’s Franfkurt offices.

It comes as a Tumblr page popped up over the weekend, highlighting Crytek’s “hiring and firing policy of staff at the Frankfurt head office” after wrapping up work on Crysis 2.

“The atmosphere in the office for a couple of years now has meant that staff feel uncertain of their futures within the company and either jump ship, or get fired unlawfully and are forced to legally settle their dispute in the courts,” it reads.

“Several ex-Crytek employees have already been successful in mounting legal battles and won settlements, yet Crytek still treat staff as disposable pieces of meat to be discarded at will. We fully understand that a games company needs to make a profit, and this site isn’t going against the great work that the current employees have made in the past or are currently working on.

“We are merely trying to notify the world that the current amazement bubble surrounding Crytek is unjustified and severely out of sync with other games companies who treat their staff well and continue to create great pieces of work.”

Positions mentioned on the Tumblr page that seen either resignations or people unlawfully fired from included lead community manager, community manager, lead researcher, storyboard & concept artist, concept artist, producer, executive producer and Chief Finance Officer, to name a few.

Yerli, speaking to Develop, says that the claims are “distressing,” though.

“These are completely misleading accusations. One thing that will always be the same is that Crytek respects and values its employees very highly, and equally – that’s very important. Whether it’s an intern, whether it’s a director, it doesn’t change; everyone is important,” he said.

“That isn’t something that goes away just in employment, that’s also in post-employment. Whether there are some people who depart who feel they have not been treated fairly, this is the first time someone has tried to harm us. I think we maintain excellent relationships with ex-employees, and we always try to.

“The fact that we can make strong games and technologies is entirely down to the skill and passion of the people that we work with, and a reflection of the harmony and the competency of our team.”

He did admit that there was crunch work done on Crysis 2, but only up to three months “maximum” with non-enforced weekend work of up to one day also in effect.

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9 Comments

  1. KrazyKraut

    He lies. I am not a racist, but for Turkish ppl familiy comes first (him and his brothers are Crytek bosses) and other can see where they fucking are (staff). Its Team Bondi style there, saw enough interviews with him to know what kind of guy he is: another choleric faq-face in the business. I helping out in a company where the teamleaders and departemtleaders give you a lot of freedom. And we are all successful. Even the clerks I am working with xD

    #1 3 years ago
  2. JimFear-666

    i can see another Team Bondi drama here. BRB popcorn time.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. tenthousandgothsonacid

    “I am not a racist, but”

    Oh dear

    “for Turkish ppl ”

    Yes, you’re correct. All Turkish people can be stereotyped together as one. No wait…

    #3 3 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    As always, people with power will abuse people with creativity. Nothing new here, moving on.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    ^ There were people with creativity at Crytek? Why werent they involved in any of their games?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @5: Hahaha!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Len

    Response up to the Develop piece:

    http://hireandfire.tumblr.com/

    #7 3 years ago
  8. KrazyKraut

    @tenthousand
    eeem….that what my Turkish & Kurdish friends told me.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    YAY! A German!

    Look at this: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/209600/Brits-thrash-Germans-in-Call-of-Duty-championships/

    LOL!

    #9 3 years ago

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