Apparently NetherRealm Studios isn’t immune to controversy either, and it’s growing all the time. The game released nearly two weeks ago, and since then NetherRealm has been hit with a number of different media scandals. Now, there’s talk that Mortal Kombat 11 fatalities were taken from temp worker ideas during free-idea sessions.
Back when Mortal Kombat 11 first released, NetherRealm Studios came under intense criticism because its Towers of Time mode was apparently unbeatable without making use of the microtransactions that were supposed to just be optional.
Now, various anonymous sources claim that there are other injustices happening at NetherRealm, mostly to temp workers who don’t really have a way to fight back. First off, it appears that temp workers were often teased with the promise of full employment. Unfortunately, it rarely ever actually resulted in a job.
Along with that, apparently ideas for Mortal Kombat 11 fatalities were apparently stolen from the temp workers that come up with them. These were written down during free idea sessions. This makes it even worse that these temp workers aren’t getting upgraded to full employment.
The gap in treatment between full-time NetherRealm Studios employees and temporary contractors was also very noticeable. Contractors got told when they could take their lunches and how long it could be. Actual employees got to take as long as they wanted on their lunch breaks.
Sexism was also apparently a problem that temp workers had to deal with. The source claims that Netherrealm Studios employees came up with demeaning nicknames, and the ones for women were particularly disgusting.
While the Mortal Kombat 11 fatalities being stolen are only the tip of the iceberg for this, who knows how big the fuss will be this time around. With all the controversy that’s been happening around crunch time and poor treatment of employees in the workplace, NetherRealm Studios may be in a lot of trouble.