Fortnite’s success may not be working against the game itself, but its employees are still feeling the backlash of it due to a huge amount of Fortnite crunch time. Sources at Epic Games have revealed that employees are on a nearly constant crunch time basis due to the game’s updates.
Fortnite released its Battle Royale mode back in 2017, and since then it’s become one of the premiere Battle Royale games, with a huge amount of players and netting Epic Games record-breaking profits. However, the insider source says that’s all come at a cost.
The source says that all of the contractors and developers at Epic Games have been suffering under a very toxic and stressful environment. They’ve been getting pressured to put in long hours in order to ensure the game’s continued success, even though overtime is supposedly voluntary.
Crunch time has often been discovered to result in a large number of problems both physically and mentally, with many contractors at Epic and elsewhere reporting various mental and health problems. While they’re paid extra for their services, this doesn’t make it okay.
Most employees at Epic are feeling the effects of Fortnite crunch time particularly badly, according to the inside sources, who have asked to not have their identities revealed. They are forced to work weeks that can extend to 50, 70, or even 100 hour work weeks, and getting a weekend away from work is seen as a major achievement.
Apparently, this has begun because executives at Epic Games are wanting to keep Fortnite popular for as long as possible, especially given the large amount of other Battle Royale games and game modes that are popping up lately. Apex Legends, a Battle Royale set in the Titanfall universe and developed by Respawn Entertainment, has already caught up to Fortnite in terms of popularity.
To make things worse, these same sources say that if people refuse to work crunch time hours, and a patch is late because of it, those same people are fired. Everything has to be done immediately to fix things with no option to simply turn the game off and fix it next patch.
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