Test Drive Unlimited Studio Stages One-Day Strike

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Atari's plans to lay off more than 50 percent of Eden Games' workforce, plus alleged "mismanagement," were the catalysts for a one-day symbolic strike today by the developer of Test Drive Unlimited 2.

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"For several years we are witnessing multiple leader changes at its head, they did not hesitate to get rich despite financial difficulties," said a statement by Eden staff, sent to Gamasutra. Developers at the Lyon, France-based studio complained that they've been subjected to layoffs for a decade, to no meaningful end other than the loss of jobs.

"Each time the recovery project was beautiful and promising, and ended in a failure," the statement said. "We are skeptical about the proposed [plan]."

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Atari's unwillingness to negotiate, or so Eden employees allege, were the final straw, and so they struck "to show the employees' determination and mobilization."

Eden's demands include an audience with Atari CEO Jim Wilson, access to financial records regarding the health of the company, and assurances that Eden employees are treated the same as other Atari employees.

Atari gave no comment regarding the matter. More at the link.

Illustration for article titled emTest Drive Unlimited/em Studio Stages One-Day Strike
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Atari's Test Drive Unlimited Studio Goes On 'Symbolic Day Strike' [Gamasutra]

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Is TDU2 a subscription based game? If so, I'd suggest a mass cancellation if the players truly care about their developers being laid off. A one day strike really isn't going to do anything, but it still is pretty amazing. Considering how rough the gaming industry is, I'm shocked this short of thing does not happen more often. The gaming industry is, at least in my view, the most blue collar of white collar jobs. They work damn hard for little reward, and they do it because they always have wanted to do it, and continue to do it despite knowing that they no longer wish to do it. It's impressive, and I give them a lot of credit.