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IGDA Addresses Quality of Life Issues for Developers
7:56 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Folks who keep up with tech news may have heard recent rumblings regarding allegations of EA's mistreatment of its employees by various reports, and an impending class-action lawsuit that addresses them. In an apparent response to this, the International Game Developers Association (IDGA) has released a statement addressing the issue.

Titled "Quality of Life Issues are Holding Back the Game Industry," the statement condemns the unfair treatment of game developers. However, it makes note of the fact that quality of life issues can stem from the developers themselves as well as their employers, noting that a "macho bravado" sometimes causes developers to push themselves unreasonably.

They also point to companies that have a successful model of both business and employee care:

The reality is that there are game companies that have proven that a focus on quality of life can lead to great games, AND business success: BioWare, Firaxis, Team17, Blue Fang, Cyberlore and Ensemble are just a few of the studios that put as much effort on keeping their employees happy and healthy as on their bottom line.
To further help address the issue, the IGDA is planning to hold a quality of life think-tank at the upcoming Game Developers Conference, which takes place next March. They also plan on organizing more related groups and activities.

IGDA - Quality of Life Issues are Holding Back the Game Industry


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