Moon Studios, the Austrian developer behind the original games, has been called a “oppressive” workplace in a new report.
According to GamesBeat, a number of “current and former” employees believe Moon’s “behind-the-scenes vibe” doesn’t match the style and tranquility of his games. These problems within the studio are said to be linked to founders Thomas Mahler and Gennadiy Korol.
Moon Studios’ almost entirely secluded and “anti-corporate” culture has reportedly led to instances of occasional racism, sexism, and bullying. The founders also reportedly used an “open and honest” workplace structure to openly criticize employees’ work, and very rarely praised the work.
GamesBeat’s report states that employees are “fed up” with the inappropriate behavior of the founders, but no one is currently filing a lawsuit against Moon Studios or those responsible. The report’s findings also suggest that there is a high turnover rate at Moon Studios, but the founders are said to be using the studio’s prestigious games to counteract these problems.
Here’s part of an official response from Moon Studios’ founders to the lengthy report:
“Moon Studios has been successful for 12 years. We have grown and learned so much over all these years. We’ve had the privilege of working with many, many amazing and extremely talented people. We are truly grateful and proud of our team – those who are here today, as well as those who have spent time at Moon and have since moved on to other companies – and we are pleased that we have made a positive difference in their lives. We’re not perfect, but we care deeply about our talent and are constantly working hard to improve. If we’ve ever made someone feel uncomfortable or let someone down, we regret it and will always strive to do better.
— Thomas Mahler and Gennadiy Korol
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