French strategy specialists Eugen Systems has fired six employees, according to the developer a result of the six sowing discord among the ranks and contributing to a poor atmosphere at the studio. The six make up roughly a quarter of the studio (prior to the firings Eugen employed 21 people, and early in 2018 that number was around 50 employees). What's notable here, and what has The Video Game Workers Union of France up in arms is that the six were involved in the strike where almost half of Eugen Systems refused to work between February 14 and April 3. They regard the action as a pre-emptive move ahead of a case between 15 current and former Eugen employees that's going to be settled by a tribunal in March over low wages and lack of compensation for overtime.
The developer which is best known for the Wargame series, R.U.S.E., and Steel Division: Normandy 44 is currently working on the sequel, Steel Division 2, a World War II RTS. Given these issues and the few remaining staff, one has to wonder about how the development of the game is progressing. Steel Division 2 is currently slated for release in 2019. Regardless it would seem a rather harsh and calculated move to fire these employees just prior to Christmas (December 19), timing which certainly makes it appear vindictive.
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