The people who run Trendy Entertainment want you to know that things are better. Or maybe they want you to think things are better. Maybe they just want you to play their game.
Trendy, the Florida-based game developer that we once labeled “A Video Game Studio From Hell,” has gone through quite a few changes over the past four months. In May and June, the picture was bleak: current and former Trendy employees described a toxic environment plagued by excruciating hours, sexist behavior, and dysfunctional management revolving around a video game that many of them didn’t want to make. They pegged Jeremy Stieglitz, a Trendy co-founder and director on their project, as the main source of these issues.