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Ex-Crytek Artist Looks To Sue Over Unpaid Salary

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A former Crytek artist wants to sue the company for not paying its staff—and he’s crowdfunding a lawyer to make it happen.

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Ludvig Lindqvist, an FX artist who worked at Crytek’s main studio in Frankfurt, Germany, launched a GoFundMe campaign today in hopes of paying his legal fees against the studio. Crytek, he says, has not paid him in two months. He quit on December 8.

“Crytek has failed to pay salaries on time starting May 2016,” Lindqvist writes. “Ever since May this year, salaries have been delayed. Today as I’m creating this GoFundMe campaign, 14th December 2016, it was 58 days since Crytek paid me my September salary. Two whole months have failed to make it to my account. The last salary I got was one month late.”

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Earlier this week we reported on Crytek’s recent financial woes. A number of Crytek employees have contacted Kotaku and other media outlets to say they haven’t been paid in months, and that salaries have been late all year.

In 2014, the game developer went through a similar crisis, failing to pay staff for several months before finally recovering thanks to a licensing deal with Amazon.

Meanwhile, we hear that Crytek’s staff are abandoning the company in droves. According to one Crytek employee in Germany, the reason people hadn’t left earlier is that Germany’s labor laws allow the government to cover up to three full salaries for each employee when a company enters insolvency.

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> Germany’s labor laws allow the government to cover up to three full salaries for each employee when a company enters insolvency.

So this guy is crowdfunding a campaign to get money that the German gov’t will pay him anyways? And he’s only suing for *his* wages...he’s not grouping with any other affected employees?

Absurd. This person and all the other developers deserve to be paid but a crowdfunding campaign seems like an uninformed gut reaction from a single individual. I can only rationalize this as a way to generate buzz, if the campaign is sincere it’s foolish.

How about you get 10 coworkers together, meet with an attorney, and go from there? When you’re talking about the combined multi-month salaries for several people you’re getting into the 100k’s range easily, it’s not going to be hard to find someone to take that case even without up-front payment.

Making a crowdfunding campaign in this situation is what a confused individual does.