CD Projekt is now embroiled in its second class action lawsuit, adding to the company’s list of troubles after the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077.
The company revealed the news via a regulatory notice to notify investors (thanks, GameIndustry.biz). According to the notice, the suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California by a law firm representing a “group of holders of securities traded in the USA.” The content of the claim is similar to CD Projekt’s first class action lawsuit after launch and has yet to name a specific quantity for damages.
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Cyberpunk 2077’s release has been one of the most controversial launches in gaming history. The game was delayed three times, which invited death threats from irate gamers, according to Cyberpunk 2077’s developers. Leading up to the final push, CD Projekt declared 6-day workweeks with mandatory overtime known in the industry as “crunch.” This was despite the company management’s assurances that they’d never crunch their employees.
In the days that followed, there were more disturbing claims from former CD Projekt workers that the crunch has gone on for far longer. The sources claimed that some teams have been forced to work 16-hour workdays for over a year.
When Cyberpunk 2077 was finally released, gamers were outraged to find that it was filled with game-breaking bugs. It was so bad that CD Projekt management had to host an emergency call with shareholders who wanted to know what went wrong with the most anticipated game of 2020.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk 2077 were so bad that Sony removed the PS4 version of the game from its store. This was an unprecedented move — Cyberpunk 2077 is the first major game to be delisted from the Sony store.
Even the Polish government is taking action against CD Projekt. Urząd Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów, Poland’s consumer protection agency, is currently investigating the company. If found guilty, CD Projekt could be subject to a hefty fine.
A recent report from Bloomberg has landed CD Projekt in even more hot water. More than 20 former and current sources within CD Projekt painted a picture of gross mismanagement, unrealistic expectations and executives ignoring the concerns of workers.
Time will tell if the company will make good on its assurances, but after burning so much good will, many gamers are skeptical that anything about this launch could be salvaged.
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