The Human Cost of Video Game Development

Unspoken truth behind your favorite games

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Crunch, crunch, crunch

One of the biggest underlying problems in the industry is the “crunch culture”. In case you didn’t know, this refers to when developers are forced to work overtime at a high frequency in order to meet tight deadlines.

Fortnite, League of Legends, Mortal Kombat, The Witcher, so many successful games are a result of overworked game developers. (Photo by Florian Olivo on Unsplash)

The plague continues

Fast forward to 2020, the industry still undergoes the same problems. These issues started to resurface in headlines with the announcement of some of the upcoming titles. Most recently, The Last of Us Part II. Compounded by multiple delays, the game raised questions with regards to the work culture at Naughty Dog, the company behind the franchise.

Image by Naughty Dog for The Last of Us Part II

The light at the end of the tunnel

The silver lining of all this is the mounting pressure on the companies to improve work culture. Game studios like Respawn have been vocal about discouraging the crunch culture. Even Rockstar Games have apparently been working to improve the situation.

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