There are currently numerous reports about bethesda. In particular, the approaching launch of Starfield is causing some discussion and news. At the same time, recently there were allegations against the company regarding the development of Fallout 76. Several former employees described their experiences, which can be roughly summarized under the term crunch. Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Game Studios, on the subject of crunch and the resulting Kotaku report in a company meeting. In this, Booty proclaimed that the situation at Bethesda had improved significantly in recent years. In addition, crunch was simply an accepted part of the industry for many years.
Crunch culture as part of the industry
“Crunch culture is…going back 10 years, it’s a little unfair to blame a single studio for that. That was part of the industry. I’m not saying that to justify it, I’m just saying it was part of the industry. Early in my career I literally slept under my desk. And back then it was worn like a medal of honour.“
Numerous articles note that the report on which the entire discussion is based focuses on Fallout 76. However, the multiplayer title only appeared before four years, which may make a comparison to the gaming industry over a decade ago obsolete. In any case, Booty states that the situation at Bethesda has improved significantly in recent years: “After talking to senior management at Bethesda, I know there’s no crunching or bullying going on there… I’m sure of it.“
On to the HR department
Booty noted that depending on the situation, crunch could still happen without his knowledge. If this is the case, employees should contact the HR department. To what extent this will help people at Bethesda in the future and how much trust is placed in the internal processes of the Microsoft cosmos are remains to be seen.
Sources: Kotaku, Pcgamer