Star Citizen Employees "Speak Out"

An article on The Escapist talks anonymously with some purported current and former employees of Cloud Imperium Games about Star Citizen, the crowdfunded space combat and exploration game. Their sources express doubts about the viability of the project, and guilt over the sale of virtual ships to eager customers. The story was updated after it was posted to add some responses from CIG's Chris Roberts, who suspects "these are the words of a few bitter ex-employees trying to stir trouble," and the included quotes also touch on a toxic work environment and issues with Roberts, his wife, and other management, lending support to his contention. There is also a Chairman's Response to The Escapist post on the Roberts Space Industries website (thanks 88fingers). The article concludes with a quote from one of their sources, and Roberts' contrasting statement of faith in his project and his 261 employees:
"Chris Roberts thinks he's George Lucas. He thinks he's a genius," CS2 asserted. "He's a fraud, pure and simple. If he was just a salesman, or he worked in marketing, or he was answering to a producer, he would do well. But the emperor wears no clothes. Anybody who has worked with him will tell you the same thing. The difference is that lots of people have a dream, but only some can communicate it. I don't think he's sinister, or a bad person. He's Donald Trump. He thinks that if he wants to do something, he can. Because he's Chris Roberts."

"I'll put my 261, their passion and energy against the complaints of a few disgruntled ex-employees any day," Roberts said. "We have backers visit the offices all the time, they all come away with the same impression - that the entire team is dedicated to making the best game possible."
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jdreyer wrote on Oct 1, 2015, 22:28:
Chris makes his personal life public when he hires his wife into a senior level position at the company that I funded. I may not have stockholder rights, but I'm not going to sit idly by. She's an executive who claims to have a Masters from UCLA, but has since removed that reference from her LinkedIn page. How can you trust someone like that?
As I pointed out, she is responsible for the most successful crowdfunding campaign in history and has done as good a job as she could given the lack of playable content. She's more than capable on her own merits and respected by the community, just as Ben Lesnick is (he doesn't have a major background in the industry - he's mostly just a Wing Commander fanboy).

jdreyer wrote on Oct 1, 2015, 22:28:
Also, notice how they refer to each other in the vid transcript as "Mr. Roberts" and "Ms. Gardiner." They've been married years, and this is how they address each other? Are you fucking kidding me? How else do you explain this other than a deliberate attempt at obfuscation.
That's about respect. Referring to her as his wife only diminishes her credibility and demeans her. He refers to his brother Erin by name as well. They have every right to keep that information personal and Derek Smart had no right to dox them.

Kxmode wrote on Oct 1, 2015, 22:48:
I had a conversation with a coworker today about crowdfunding. Star Citizen came up and I went over the points about it. He doesn't know anything about Star Citizen, Derek Smart, Chris Roberts, etc for all intents and purposes he's a completely neutral outsider. After I explained all the things going on with the project his exact response was "This sounds like a scam." I know right?! I mean if it sounds a duck and swims like a duck; it's a duck. I don't believe Chris ever intended to defraud people and I believe he thinks he can complete his vision. But all of the symptoms of a classic long con scam is there. It's like a puzzle. Put the pieces together and you'll see the picture.
So you told a co-worker who didn't know anything about the project how bad it was and then they agreed with you? Quelle surprise.

Dacron wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 01:23:
"Nine people reached out to us - two were completely anonymous and were used to corroborate information. The seven quoted below identified themselves, but will be referenced by number (CS1, CS2, etc.) at their request."

So yeah, not using anonymous postings from glassdoor. Nothing from sources they could not name was used. Some astute detective work they did on reddit again... But I guess we're embarrassing ourselves, you know, actually reading the article.
I have ZERO faith in their journalistic integrity when they posted unsubstantiated allegations about Sandi without any attempt to ask her for comment. They haven't publicly identified themselves, as far as I'm aware, which makes their comments anonymous. They also refused to include Chris Roberts' response initially, despite being sent before the deadline to the managing editor who requested the information. They also applied an arbitrary deadline and forced Chris Roberts to take a day away from developing the game. And now it looks like they took anonymous comments from Glassdoor! Terrible, terrible excuse for journalism.

More evidence of bad journalism by The Escapist.

Kxmode wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 02:03:
Roberts: "We weren’t – we strongly believe in free speech and allow many dissenting opinions on our forums as long as they stay within standards of decency."

This is patently false. I have used my free speech to share dissenting opinions on RSI's forums. My reward for doing so? A 24-hour ban and then a 7-day ban. In full disclosure the 24-hour ban was in response to the wave of White Knights attacking me for posting my original dissenting posts. I simply wasn’t prepare for the level of vitriol they brought; so I returned it in kind... boom, 24-hour ban. I hadn't seen anything like it on any other community forums and I’ve been on many. Up until RSI forums I thought WOW and Guild Wars 2 forums were crazy but RSI forums took crazy to a new level.
I frequently post comments critical of the game and its development on the forums, as do many others, without ever having been banned. Given your comments here it's patently obvious to everyone why you got banned.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
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