Angry Eden Games strike against Atari

Amid claims of mismanagement and a swathe of layoffs, Test Drive Unlimited 2 developer Eden Games has organised a “symbolic day strike”.

According to reports, 51 out of a total 80 French employees are being targeted in a redundancy plan, as parent company Atari focusses instead of MMOs and online business models. That leaves Eden, developer of Test Drive Unlimited and Alone in the Dark, out in the cold.

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A statement from the developer is upset that “Eden Games pays now for Atari mismanagement.”

“For several years we are witnessing multiple leader changes at its head, they did not hesitate to get rich despite financial difficulties.

This is not the first redundancy plan to hit Atari, and it’s not expected to be the last.

“Atari does not play the game of negotiations with employee representatives on the redundancy plan measures. Employee representatives of Eden until now have been extremely collaborative, respecting the very tight deadlines of the redundancy plan.”

Earlier this week, the studio held a one day symbolic strike, showing the employees “determination and mobilisation”. The intention was to take the opportunity to “communicate and interact” with Atari CEO Jim Wilson, who Eden claims “has never introduced himself to his employees.”

There are also the usual disputes over redundancy payments, and concerns for the future of the studio. Unsurprisingly, Atari are remaining tightlipped on the matter.

For more information on the situation, head to [surl=http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/34603/]Gamasutra[/surl], which features more of a response from an Eden employee.

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