Eden Strikes In Redundancy Protest
Staff at French Test Drive Unlimited 2 developer Eden Games have held a one-day strike in protest at parent company Atari.
The Lyon-based studio downed tools after Atari announced plans to make 51 of its 80 staff redundant, with Eden having finally lost patience with Atari’s constant restructuring.
“Eden Games pays now for Atari mismanagement,” said the studio in a statement passed to GI.biz. “For several years we are witnessing multiple leader changes at its head, they did not hesitate to get rich despite financial difficulties.
“Restructuring plans have been following each other for ten years at Atari. Each time the recovery project was beautiful and promising, and ended in failure. We are skeptical about the proposed project.
“Atari does not play the game of negotiations with employee representatives on the redundancy plan measures. Employee representatives of Eden until now have been extremely collaborative, respecting the very tight deadlines of the redundancy plan.”
As such, the studio held a one-day strike this week, and now asks four things of Atari. It wants a proper means of communication with Atari CEO Jim Wilson, “who has never introduced himself to his employees,” and wants a constructive negotiation on redundancy terms, rather than the one-sided process it has seen thusfar.
It also wants a guarantee that an Eden Games employee receives the same treatment as an employee of Atari itself, and wants a clear picture of the studio’s position once the restructuring process is complete, including access to financial projections, which its accountant has previously requested.
Released in February, Eden's open-world racer Test Drive Unlimited 2 had a strong start, topping the UK chart in the week of its release. However the release was riddled with bugs, prompting the developer to release DLC for free by way of an apology.