Rumor: Red 5 plans to pay Firefall staff today, but concerns linger

Last weekend’s rumors of a Firefall developer pay snafu were strengthened by a Reddit-vetted anonymous Red 5 employee and other industry voices. Now, it appears that payroll might make it this week. The same anon Red 5 dev told Reddit about an all-staff company meeting:

So we will be paid via direct deposit on the 30th. That’s been promised.
They started the meeting by claiming that they’ll be taking legal action against anyone that posted the “we have no money” email on social media. Nice to know they have money for that.
They also stated that they might switch to monthly paychecks, so we don’t know when the next paycheck actually is.
They said a bunch of crap about how we all need to pull together as a team and make the relaunch a big success! And that’s going to also determine the future of the company.
Being in the office today is unbearable. I can’t stand it.

The claim appears to support earlier reports that the meeting “confirmed that due to potential investments falling through, the company could not pay employees on time.” So far as we are aware, there have been no additional layoffs, and the relaunch is seemingly going forward.

Massively OP spoke to a representative at Red 5 on Monday, but there is still no official statement about the payroll issues.

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Midgetsnowman
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Sorenthaz Midgetsnowman davidemo89 bauhau5 hay, at least theyre getting paid on time regardless, eh? :P

scratches16
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Madda
Uh, SyFy? Scratches sees Madda is confusing this with Defiance…

cheesybites76
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Karl_Hungus Two notches above Massively OP-certified lol.

cheesybites76
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cheesybites76

bauhau5 It does have some cool features.  Trouble is, the entire game world is about the size of my kitchen, and has been for about 5 years now.
Priorities, Red5.  Priorities.

BritoBruno
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Midgetsnowman mark16 I don’t think Mark is the one to blame in this instance. Sure, he did a bunch of crap, but they took him off, and didn’t meet a good view for the game. There’s more to it than Mark. I guess that the whole “suit departments” of Red5 is completely screwed-up in their heads.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

SoMuchMass Nyres DeadlyAccurate Employers ae not loyal to employees, employees should be professional, but not sell their souls to their employers.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Damonvile Yeah good point.  They probably blew a good amount on pre-launch advertising stunts (i.e. getting celebrities on livestreams and stuff) and in general seemed to have a pretty chaotic handling of things.  I imagine the game is decent/solid now but they need to pretty much do this “relaunch” to make people aware of the improvements and such.

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carson63000 jeremy2020 Loopstah <3

Damonvile
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This is a 100 million dollar mmo. The only reason they have no money now is because they squandered what they were given.

Armsman
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Yeah, most likely they’re switching to monthly payroll so when the 15th rolls around, they don’t need to outlay any cash – and can get another full month before those that can’t immediately transition to other employment ask: “So, where’s my paycheck this month?”
I hope those affected can find comparable positions with other developers who CAN meet their payroll obligations soon.