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Working conditions "have absolutely been better" at Rockstar

Policy changes have come in place, and some workers have been converted from contractors into full-time employees.

Towards the end of last year a report emerged telling of a culture of crunch and fear at Rockstar, but Kotaku has recently shared news on improved conditions at the studio, with workers at Rockstar Lincoln being converted from contractors into full-time employees, according to three sources.

Two sources say these changes were set to go into effect on August 1, but we don't know exactly how many people this impacts. This includes the removal of a policy that required workers to keep phones in lockers, and the introduction of experimental "flex-time", letting workers choose their own hours.

"I can honestly say that things have absolutely been better since last year. We've only worked one weekend of overtime since we last spoke and it was entirely voluntary," a Rockstar source told Kotaku's Jason Schreier, as shared on Twitter.

Just recently Tax Watch UK revealed that Rockstar North has claimed £42 million in tax relief (19% of the entire industry in the UK), without paying any corporation tax over the last 10 years, so it's not like Rockstar is totally removed from scrutiny, even with the improved working conditions.

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