Over the last six months or so, developer Crytek has had a hard time paying its employees. Paychecks have been delayed by weeks, according to some employees, while other say that they haven’t been paid in two months.
This comes from sources like developers posting on Reddit anonymously, speaking with outlets like Polygon and hitting Twitter. One such anonymous employee created a throwaway Reddit account and started a thread on /r/legaladvice. Here’s a snippet of that post:
I’m not sure where else to turn at this point. This has happened in the past a few times, but never for this long. Management never gives anyone a heads up, and it isn’t clear to me if they are getting paid or even informed from the owners.
The last time this happened we were told it would be the last time and yet it is happening again. Many of my co-workers moved from out of the country to work here and are unable to leave because they cannot afford to get back home due to their wages being withheld for so long.
People are afraid to speak out because we are continuously told “Thank you for your continued efforts through this difficult time” and “You don’t understand because you don’t see the whole picture like we do— wages are coming soon.”
The brothers had a meeting a few months ago and assured everyone that the issue was finally fixed and there should be no more problems. That is not the case. People are still working without pay. This isn’t just here in Germany, this is in all of our offices as far as I can tell.
The complaints come from other sources, too. One Glassdoor post reads as follows:
Salaries not arriving on time since last 6 months with no heads-up from the management nor the owners. Every time is the ‘last time’. No apologies or explanations were offered. The delays were anything in between of 1 and 3 weeks.
Crytek has bungled employee payment before
This has absolutely happened before with Crytek. Back in June of 2014, Kotaku reported that Crytek was failing to pay employees and had to scrap the sequel to Ryse.
The studio is now taking on VR, which some developers are saying isn’t making them any money at all. Will the studio be able to attain solvency while making games for that platform? Or, will we be covering its closure?
Hard to say.