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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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152. Re: Star Citizen Employees Oct 3, 2015, 14:03 Megalodon
 
Kxmode wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 19:07:
My comments are based on evidence as I've read or seen them.

No, they're not. You can lie to yourself if you want but don't be dishonest with the rest of us. You have a bone to pick, a lot of time on your hands and nothing to lose. Your dedication to this topic borders on zealotry. Despite that you have failed to produce evidence and insist that such things are beneath you due to time constraints. Those constraints oddly don't seem to appear to be stopping you from making a significant volume of posts on this topic. Blog opinion posts and anonymous sources are not evidence of that will convince most people either. Derek smart having nothing better to do with his time and seeking attention is not evidence of any wrongdoing with Star Citizen. I am person swayed by evidence and I already got my pledge refunded after the project missed some milestones but so far no one has presented any evidence of wrongdoing, misallocation of funds or really anything of note. Some people on the team disagreed on a 250 person project, what a revelation.

It is natural for a project this large to have turnover, layoffs and overages. I just didn't have the patience and decided to pick up the game when its finished, if its finished. Until then though this is all just noise and innuendo. It's a Kickstarter project, we bought a promise not a product and they still have time to deliver it. You can take your victory laps and I told you sos after it fizzles out...or disappear conveniently to avoid comeuppance if it does get delivered.
 
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