Quantcast
Dungeon Defenders' devs report atrocious work environment - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Dungeon Defenders' devs report atrocious work environment


10:30 PM on 06.07.2013
Trendy EntertainmentDungeon Defenders' devs report atrocious work environment photo



A lot of employees at Trendy Entertainment have had enough. They're fed up with the grueling work hours, disgusted by the gender inequality, and sick of the fear-mongering. And they're speaking up about it.

An investigative report by Kotaku reveals several accounts of deplorable acts by the management of Trendy Entertainment, the developer of Dungeon Defenders. Among them are mandatory year-'round seven-day work weeks, a disparity in earnings between male and female employees of about $10,000 a year, and a president that habitually berates his staff publicly.

The company, which only has about 45 employees, has had at least nine come forward -- all telling the exact same story. One developer even says that he opted to miss his own cousin's funeral, as he was certain that asking for time off would have led to his immediate termination.

Unsurprisingly, the studio's president Jeremy Stieglitz refused to address the situation with any specificity. Instead, he released a blanket statement assuring everyone that these were just growing pains and everything would be all hunky-dory soon enough.

If there's any sort of silver lining to this report, it's that many of the employees intend to leave the company in July after the launch of the first part of Dungeon Defenders II. Hopefully they can move on to find success somewhere that they're appreciated and treated respectfully.

Investigation: A Video Game Studio From Hell [Kotaku]






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.







Developer stuff

3:00 PM on 10.20.2014
I'm down for this Halo 2 Anniversary making-of documentary

You may have heard that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will require a 20GB day-one update, but did you also know that there's a documentary for Halo 2 Anniversary, one of the games in this compilation, on the way? (I hope...more



2:00 PM on 10.20.2014
Jade Raymond leaves Ubisoft after 10 years

Jade Raymond, the managing director at Ubisoft Toronto, is parting ways with Ubisoft after ten years with the company, the publisher announced today. Raymond produced Assassin's Creed and served as executive producer on Assas...more



11:30 AM on 10.12.2014
How a casual game jam lead to Fight Tank

So many of us love videogames but are intimidated by the idea of making them. Devi Ever has taken on the problem as part of her self-declared purpose in life. She wants people to make videogames. Literally all the people.&nbs...more



View all Developer stuff






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more