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Trendy Entertainment accused of workplace abuses
Posted: 08.06.2013 04:38 by Comments: 7
In a story reminiscent of the Team Bondi scandal, Dungeon Defenders developer Trendy Entertainment has been accused of abusive workplace habits.

According to anonymous employees, both former and current, personnel are forced to work 10-12 hours a day without overtime compensation for seven days a week. This is done even in non-crunch periods.

Worse, there are reports of company president Jeremy Stieglitz bullying and verbally threatening employees, paying female employees less and practicing "extreme" sexism, along with general mismanagement.

Employees have stated they're terrified of losing jobs for asking for time off. One worker stated he (or she) missed their cousin's funeral because they were afraid to ask for time off.

During the development of Dungeon Defenders II, six employees of the 45 personnel working there have already quit and it seems like there will be a mass exodus once the game is released.
Source: Kotaku
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Comments

By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Jun 08, 2013
SiyaenSokol
Wow, didn't think that the industry can have such abusive employers... then again, it is possible in any industry.

Well, it is out now, this guy is surely going to have a lot of problems now.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jun 08, 2013
nocutius
Brilliant, another one of these :/.
By Chris_Spray (SI Member) on Jun 08, 2013
Chris_Spray
Splendid, another company to boycott!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 08, 2013
herodotus
This is getting more and more the way employees are feeling, and I have no doubt it's brought on by pressure from platforms such as Valve's Steam, EA, Ubisoft etc. Not a good thing guys.
Good game though, even if employees were flogged if they flagged.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jun 09, 2013
JonahFalcon
They didn't get paid for overtime, that's the biggest thing.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 11, 2013
herodotus
Well I'm not either, so bugger 'em:)