After report of 100-hour weeks, studio’s co-head Rob Nelson says: ‘We will not stop working to improve in this area’
Rockstar North’s co-studio head Rob Nelson has defended the video games studio’s working conditions in the wake of a controversy sparked by a New York Magazine profile, in which founder Dan Houser said “we were working 100-hour weeks” on forthcoming game Red Dead Redemption 2.
Houser later clarified his comments in a statement to games website Kotaku, saying that it applied only to himself and three other members of the senior writing team over a period of “weeks, not years” – not to all of the developer’s staff. “Across the whole company, we have some senior people who work very hard purely because they’re passionate about a project, or their particular work, and we believe that passion shows in the games we release,” read the statement. “But that additional effort is a choice, and we don’t ask or expect anyone to work anything like this […] No one, senior or junior, is ever forced to work hard.”
Rockstar Games defends itself over working conditions claims