CEO ZA/UM Ilmar Kompus accused the fired game designer and screenwriter Disco Elysium Robert Kurvic, and former director of ZA/UM UK LTD Saandara Ta’ala in “humiliating colleagues and intending to steal intellectual property.”
“They treated their colleagues very badly. With them repeatedly held conversations about this, but the situation has not improved. So the company was forced to fire them.
They say that Robert [Курвиц] was notorious for humiliating women and colleagues in the past, but was not aware of this. It would be very short-sighted for a growing international company to put up with such behavior.”
On intent to steal IP: “They were operating in secret, violating existing contracts. They tried to sell themselves to other well-known large companies in the gaming industry, but in the end, no one was interested in the offer. It could have them [Курвица и Таала] make angry”.
The publication GamesIndustry.biz, citing an anonymous source, reports that the situation with the layoffs of the authors of Disco Elysium cannot be described as “black and white”. The ZA/UM staff did not want to reveal the truth about Kurvitz’s behavior because they respected him and believed that they owed him their position.
Publication sources Estonian Express talked about the clash of opinions at ZA/UM between the business team led by Kompus and the creative team formerly led by Kurwitz, who saw profit as a “second priority”.
Martin Luigianother Disco Elysium developer who first shed light on the departure of three of the game’s key creators, also spoke to Estonian Express and admitted that the organization of work in the studio brought him to drunkenness. According to him, everything was organized in such a way as if the main goal “was not to create games, but to make people fight with each other.”
The developers accused the Estonian company Daughter, who acquired the rights to Disco Elysium in 2021, in “fraudulently gaining full control of ZA/UM”. It is reported that the company allegedly used money for this purpose, including for the sequel Disco Elysium.
The dismissal of the developers followed after they began to request access to documents and financial data that have not yet been disclosed. Now Kurvits and Rostov intend to restore justice through the courts of Estonia and Great Britain.
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