Posts Tagged ‘Cevat Yerli’

Crytek On Unpaid Staff: “Some people were very impatient”

Stop being so emotional, GUY.

In June this year, rumours began to circulate that developer and publisher Crytek were in trouble. Anonymous sources told Kotaku and GameStar [article behind paywall] stories of wages being late, staff going two months without pay, and a lack of communication from the company’s management. Crytek initially denied everything. Then last week Crytek made staff redundant at their Austin office, and sold their UK office and the Homefront IP to Koch Media.

Which brings us to today, upon which Eurogamer have run an interview with Crytek co-founder Cevat Yerli. The interview is long and wide-ranging, and covers the current financial situation at the company, why wage payments got “delayed”, and where the company is now headed.

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Demonisation: Crytek Doubts Demos’ Future

On Friday, Develop reported that Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli sees the end of free demos. Complaining about the expense, he notes that “A free demo is a luxury we have in the game industry that we don’t have in other industries such as film.” Of course, he’s entirely right. The idea of showing a small edited part of the experience to give a taste of the full thing is unknown in films. Which is a shame, because if there were only such a thing, they could show several of these “film-demos” before the main feature and so give ’em a little more exposure. Stepping aside from the sarcasm, there’s a lot of the aforementioned forseeing in the Develop piece, which is well worth reading. Meanwhile, I foresee an angry, eye-rolling comment-thread.