crunch

labor

'League of Legends' Studio Faces Employee Walkout, Promises Changes

Riot Games' decision to try and block lawsuits being filed against the company prompted an enormous internal blowback it's still wrestling with.
Patrick Klepek
4.29.19
Motherboard

New Documentary ‘Playing Hard’ Shows That Making Games Can Be Hell

The film, now on Netflix, misses the mark by focusing on Ubisoft higher-ups during the development of 'For Honor,' rather than rank-and-file workers.
Matthew Gault
4.9.19
labor

How 'Slime Rancher' Made a Ton of Money And Stuck to 40-Hour Workweeks

That it's surprising a studio made this a priority tells you everything about the modern state of making video games.
Patrick Klepek
1.15.19
labor

We Asked Eight Studios From Across The World How They Deal with Crunch

While development is a slightly different beast throughout the world, crunch plagues developers regardless of nationality or culture.
Aron Garst
11.7.18
Podcasts

It's Time to Radically Remake the Games Industry

In the wake of last week's studio closures, the importance of worker organization in the games industry
Ricardo Contreras
9.25.18
Games and Labor

Crunch Culture Is Never Just About Individual Choice

Terrifyingly long hours might be the norm in the games industry, but that doesn't mean that they're inevitable.
Cameron Kunzelman
8.23.17
lawsuits

Karl Anthony Towns's Dad Considering Suing Timberwolves for Mascot-Induced Injury

Minnesota's mascot, Crunch, injured KAT's dad's leg in a sledding stunt gone awry.
Sean Newell
3.3.17
Mental Health Bar

How Mental Health Charity Take This Is Helping to Educate the Games Industry

A conversation with the charity’s Russ Pitts and Shannon Gerritzen
Joe Donnelly
11.4.16
long reads or whatever

The Curious Appeal of Crunch

The reasons why developers work far too hard on their own games are more complex than you may think.
Tanya Short
10.28.16
6 Days to Cert

How Game Developers Deal With Bugs

How a bug is squashed or comes to live in your game.
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
10.3.16
Gaming

The Makers of ‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’ Reflect on Happiness and Horrors

The Chinese Room founders Jessica Curry and Dan Pinchbeck look back, a year later, at what their multi-award-winning game taught them for the future.
Lewis Gordon and Mike Diver
8.12.16
Words

Hip-Hop and Dubstep Collide as KRS-One and Datsik Get Stompy on 'No Requests'

Off of the Firepower Records head's 'Down 4 My Ninjas' EP
Jemayel Khawaja
11.12.14