Atari studio 'on strike against layoffs'

Atari studio 'on strike against layoffs'

By Rob Crossley

May 11th 2011 at 3:10PM

Publisher management condemned as an alleged 51 staff could lose their jobs

Staff at French studio Eden Games have today gone on strike, in a protest against company layoffs, according to reports.

Studio management have warned that 51 of Eden’s 80 studio staff are targeted for redundancies, it is believed.

An unnamed Test Drive Unlimited 2 developer issued a statement to Gamasutra which claims that Eden Games is paying the price for Atari’s “mismanagement”.

The strike group complained of Atari’s recent executive merry-go-round. The company has been run by three different CEOs in the past five years.

“[The management] did not hesitate to get rich despite financial difficulties," the strike group claimed.

Routine redundancy operations have plagued Atari for a decade, the group alleged.

Atari has yet to publicly comment on the matter.

“Each time the recovery project was beautiful and promising, and ended in a failure,” the protesters added.

The statement also alleged that Atari “does not negotiate with employee representatives on the redundancy plan measures”.