Edition Washington Post returned to the topic of crunches in the gaming industry. And this time discussed it with the roleplay team Diablo IV. And fifteen anonymous employees, in turn, said that without overtime, it would be difficult for them to make it to the planned release date of June 6, 2023. Recall that this date has previously sounded in various rumors and assumptions. She should probably be named tonight, during the ceremony. The Games Awards.
Developers Diablo IV reported that management encourages them to stay at work late and work on weekends. For this, they promise benefits that many seem completely insufficient: for example, a free lunch or $ 25 for ordering food in DoorDash.
For over a year now, the Diablo team has been losing people who leave in search of more competitive salaries and better working conditions, employees say. In addition, many found it difficult to cope with the change of leadership in Activision Blizzard and on the Diablo IV team. It is reported that during the year, about half of the working group, consisting of about 20 developers, quit.
According to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, the company’s share price will delay the exit Overwatch and Diablo had more impact than the sexual harassment lawsuit.
The developers of Diablo IV claim that the release date has already been postponed several times, and the only alternative is to cut some features.
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