A statement sent today to Gamasutra, has outlined plans for Test Drive Unlimited developer Eden Games to undergo a 'symbolic day strike' in response to threats of redundancies at the studio and alleged 'mismanagement' on the part of parent company Atari. Apparently 51 out of the 80 employees at the studio are facing the axe, with the strike taking place today.
'Eden Games pays now for Atari mismanagement,' read the statement. 'For several years we are witnessing multiple leader changes at its head, they did not hesitate to get rich despite financial difficulties.'
Regarding the current redundancy proposal, the reaction was one of scepticism:
'Each time the recovery project was beautiful and promising, and ended in a failure. We are skeptical about the proposed project. [...] Atari does not play the game of negotiations with employee representatives on the redundancy plan measures. Employee representatives of Eden until now have been extremely collaborative, respecting the very tight deadlines of the redundancy plan.'
The company's agenda with the strike is fourfold, with the studio hoping to 'communicate and interact with the CEO, Jim Wilson, who has never introduced himself to his employees', to hold negotiations regarding the redundancy plan, to ensure that 'an employee of Eden Games is compensated the same way as an employee of Atari', and to have 'real visibility on the future of the studio after the restructuring, especially in giving us the financial records requested by our accountant.'.