Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday July 19, 2011

Gameloft Accused of Illegal Working Conditions

The bad news: Gameloft has been accused of illegal work conditions. The good news: There's a job opening in Aukland.

Some weeks I was workآ­ing 100 to 120 hours a week", says Glenn Watson, former Head Studio Programmer at Gameloft’s New Zealand arm. "Starting at 9:30 AM, going home at 2:30 AM, and then comآ­ing back into the office at 8:30 AM to start work again was not unusual". Glenn, who began his long career in Australia’s game development industry with Ratbag Games in Adelaide, spoke to about what he describes as "dangerous working conditions" at a company that, it seems, has no qualms about breaking New Zealand’s health and safety laws. "There were other times when I would be called back into the office at 11:30 PM by the studio producer, only to head home again at 2:30 AM," he explained. "It was after I worked four consecutive weeks of fourteen-hour days - including weekends - that I realised I needed to resign".