A brand new report into growth practices at Techland accommodates quotes from employees who allege that mismanagement, indecision, and the usage of homophobic slurs has marred ongoing work on Dying Gentle 2. CEO Pawel Marchewka responded to the allegations at size – however defended hanging a photograph of a unadorned lady subsequent to a cheetah in his workplace.
Right here is Marchewka’s touch upon the picture, from the report on The Gamer:
“The picture in query is by a well-known English artist and conservationist David Yarrow, who I admire for his artistry, ardour, and dedication to work, and I had by no means thought-about that it’d offend anybody,” Marchewka explains. “I discover him top-of-the-line if not the very best wildlife photographer. That is why I hung it in my workplace. However I wish to make certain I set the suitable instance so if any of our staff, anonymously, report that they really feel uncomfortable with it I’ll take away it instantly.”
Videogames are artwork, certain, however are bare girls standing subsequent to cheetahs artwork? I might say: sure, unhealthy artwork. Right here is the (not protected for work) picture so that you can choose your self. I’m fairly certain that is what Dick Jones from RoboCop would have hanging on his wall.
The remainder of the report, which relies on conversations with ten present and former Techland employees talking underneath the situation of anonymity, paints an image of an organization in disarray. This consists of the usage of homophobic slurs when giving suggestions on work, excessive employees turnover, selections being made after which reversed weeks later, and a administration staff that allegedly refuses to hearken to the employees they rent. Some sources additionally mentioned that it was troublesome to complain about managerial behaviour as a result of the top of HR, Aleksandra Marchewka, is the CEO’s spouse.
Many of those allegations mirror stories from Polish web site PolskiGamedev.pl final 12 months, which mentioned that growth was a “mess.”
Final 12 months, Techland minimize ties with author Chris Avellone, who had been engaged on the script and world for Dying Gentle 2, amid sexual assault allegations.