Developers react to article defending long hours and unfair pay

A VentureBeat opinion piece written by games industry vetAlex St. John has sparked heated debate in the development community.

The piece was arguing that developers should stop complaining about poor working conditions and accept the sacrifices needed to create ‘art’.

Many modern game developers have embraced a culture of victimology and a bad attitude toward their chosen vocations,” DirectX co-creator and founder of game services firm WildTangent Alex St. John wrote onVentureBeat. They complain that the long hours and personal sacrifices great games require are a consequence of poor management.

They want to pretend that they can turn an inherently entrepreneurial endeavour like game development into a 9-to-5 job. Somehow, these people have managed to adopt a wage-slave attitude toward one of the most remarkable and privileged careers in the world.”

You can read the original story on our sister site Develop.

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