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The creators of GTA 6 are unhappy with Rockstar's new decisions

The creators of GTA 6 are unhappy with Rockstar's new decisions

Rockstar Games has recently made some decisions that have left the company's employees unhappy and concerned that the mistakes of the past may be repeated.
A few days ago, Rockstar Games announced its new plans to its employees and announced that it will no longer allow them to work remotely, and from April, employees will have to work full-time and face-to-face. According to Rockstar, these policies have been adopted to increase the level of productivity and security.
As reported by Bloomberg Media, GTA 6's extensive leaks played an important role in the decision, and in addition, Jenn Kolbe , Rockstar's head of publishing, said that the company realized there were tangible advantages to working in-person. Now the decision has led to criticism from the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB) and some of its members who are among Rockstar's employees.
They believe that canceling the telecommuting option, the latest in several unfulfilled Rockstar promises, could ultimately cause the company to return to its unhealthy working practices of the past. In 2023, 175 Rockstar employees signed a petition in response to the mandatory three days of in-person work in the office and demanded the possibility of continuing to work remotely. At the time, Rockstar told employees via email that their decisions were not going to be a prelude to the five-day work week and that no one wanted to go back to the company's previous ways of working.

"Working from home has been a lifeline for many of us at Rockstar, balancing responsibilities, managing challenges and disabilities, and relocating when needed," an unnamed Rockstar employee said of Rockstar's new decisions. Makes possible. Now, Rockstar has torn that lifeline without thinking about the employees who will be most affected by the decision.
After so many broken promises, we now fear that management is paving the way for a return to toxic crunches. "Senior leaders need to reconsider their reckless decisions and engage with employees to find a solution that works for everyone."
Another Rockstar employee also said: "As always, we have not been consulted: we are the ones who are most affected by these policies. My only concern is having to work late in the office to connect with the global teams when we could have attended late meetings from home. It means losing the time we could spend with family. "Also, I know there are colleagues who are dealing with illness, and this is interfering with full-time office work, and now they are stuck in limbo."
Another employee also spoke on behalf of his colleagues: "We employees care a lot about the games we make, and studio management should never underestimate our passion, skill, and talent. "It's through collaboration, work-life balance, and a healthy workplace culture that we continue to make some of the most popular and amazing games in our industry."

In addition, Austin Kelmore , head of gaming staff at the British Independent Workers' Union, has also announced: "British Independent Workers' Unions are working to achieve transparency around pay and benefits, a healthy and inclusive workplace culture and work-life balance that is based on the needs of Every worker is trying. It is not acceptable that the management of Rockstar repeatedly violates the commitment it has given and ignores the demands of the workers for basic working conditions.
In the past, Rockstar Games had a very unhealthy work culture that forced employees to work late nights and even weekends on projects in order to stay on schedule, however, reports say that Rockstar has managed to improve things over the past few years. Rockstar Games is currently working on Grand Theft Auto 6, the first trailer for which was released in December 2023. This game will be released in 2025 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X platforms Xbox Series S will be released; Currently, there is no official news about the PC version of this game, but it is expected that in 2026 or 2027 this work will also be available for the PC platform.

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