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Report: Crytek UK staffers finally paid, Crytek’s issues a ‘transitional phase’

Posted on July 25, 2014 AT 11:55am

Apparently the financial hell tearing Crytek UK apart has resolved itself, and employees have finally been paid, Kotaku reports.

Kotaku cites two sources “familiar with the company” saying that months of money owed—which in the past month or so has led to walk-outs and the departures of senior staff, including Homefront: The Revolution game director Hasit Zala, Crysis 3 producer Mike Read, and Crytek lead graphics engineer Tiago Sousa—has finally been handed out. Of course, this still doesn’t change any departures, and Kotaku’s sources say the situation “has seen trust eroded.”

Crytek finally spoke up on the matter earlier today, issuing a statement to GamesIndustry.biz in which they acknowledged the ordeal and labeled it the byproduct of a “transitional phase,” acknowledging that “the flow of information to employees has not been as good as it should have.”

The full statement issues to GamesIndustry is as follows:

In recent weeks, there have been repeated reports and rumors relating to financial problems at Crytek. Having already given an update to staff across all our studios, we are now in a position to share more details with members of the press and public.

Internally, we have acknowledged that the flow of information to employees has not been as good as it should have, however we hope you understand that communicating details of our plans publicly has not always been possible.

Like the games industry as a whole, Crytek has been in a transitional phase. Our evolution from a development studio to an Online-Publisher has required us to refocus our strategies. These challenges go along with an increased demand for capital which we have secured.

We can now concentrate on the long term strategic direction of Crytek and our core competencies. We kindly ask for your understanding, that we won’t be communicating further details about our developments and progress.

Ultimately, with our organization, capitalization, portfolio and technologies we have now laid the foundations for securing Crytek’s future – not just in the short term, but also long term.

Through this period of speculation, we are thankful for the support and encouragement we’ve received from our community and our partners, and for the contribution all of our staff have made. We remain committed to doing what we are best known for and trying to develop the best interactive experiences and technology possible for everyone who loves gaming.

We are confident that we will be able to share more positive news on Crytek’s progress soon.

Source: Kotaku

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