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Disco Elysium says former employees have been fired for ‘egregious misconduct’

Disco Elysium says former employees have been fired for ‘egregious misconduct’

Looks like my working days now should start and end with Disco Elysium, which just feels like Disco Elysium. in Statement for GamesIndustry.bizZA/UM – the studio that developed Disco Elysium – confirmed the reasons for firing several employees last year. These include “limited sharing of their responsibilities,” “creating a toxic work environment,” “verbal abuse and gender discrimination,” and trying to sell ZA/UM’s intellectual property to other companies.

Last month, it was revealed that game director Robert Corvettes, technical director Alexander Rostov, and writer Helen Hindberry, left ZA / UM Towards the end of 2021. The studio statement echoes, in more commercial language, the comments made by Elmar Kombos, current CEO of ZA/UM, to the Estonian newspaper Estonian Expressas well as the things mentioned in a Blog post by Martin Luiga, who used to work at ZA/UM and was the original source for the shooting news.

While the official statement does not name specific employees, Kompus’ comments in the Ekspress article (as translated by Google) bear the name Kurvitz and Saandar Taal, a pseudonym for Rostov, claiming that they were “offensive colleagues and intent on stealing intellectual property”.

Kompus told Ekspress that Rostov and Kurvitz wanted to take control of intellectual property, including Disco Elysium, and went “in secret and in violation of existing contracts” for other game companies. The world of Disco Elysium is based on a long-running custom D&D campaign, which Kurvitz later used in his Sacred And Terrible Air, before it became the setting for the game.

Kombos also claims that Corvettes and Rostov “treated their co-workers very badly”, and that Corvettes “was known to underestimate women and co-workers in the past.” GI.biz says its sources have made allegations that echo those allegations, with an anonymous source saying long-term employees have been reluctant to talk about Corvettes’ behavior.

Yesterday, Corvettes and Rostov released a statement via Medium alleging that Combus and fellow businessman Tennis Havel I got control of ZA/UM by fraudWith the help of another contributor Kaur Kender (a writer who worked with Kurvitz previously, and served as executive producer for Disco).

ZA/UM’s statement to GI.biz includes a clause denying “any allegation of financial wrongdoing or fraud being brought against us,” and says “the vast majority of Disco Elysium’s profits have been invested in the studio in order to fund our upcoming projects, which are currently in development.” The studio also confirms that legal filings have taken place (Kurvtiz’s Telomer Company Submitted last month “to obtain information and review documents”) but are confident that “they will win in court once all the facts are heard.”

It is somewhat possible for everyone to tell the truth at once. Ekspress has sources that describe the situation as a clash between the business and creative team (who weren’t interested in profit, and GI.biz quoted sources calling it “the CEO’s corporate blueprint on one side, author Sam on the other”. The only thing I can say for sure is I just know I’ll have to write another news post about all of this at some point.You can read ZA/UM Studio’s full statement about GamesIndustry.biz.


Edit: Saandar Taal turns out to be a pseudonym for Alexander Rostov, not a completely new person as I originally mentioned. The post has been updated to reflect this.





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