The9’s CEO is throwing over a million bucks at Chinese Firefall players

    
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It’s kind of a nail-biting time to be looking in from the outside when it comes to Red 5 Studios and Firefall. The past few big stories have centered on not patches or content but on the fact that dev pay was delayed over Christmas (which the company says has now been rectified). But it’s happy times for the game over in China, as parent company The9‘s CEO is showering the game’s Chinese testers with over a million dollars in promotional items.

The plan is to distribute ¥10 million ($1.53 million US) worth of “red packets” (presumably akin to gifts for Chinese New Year) to players, which probably means lots of promotional codes. Considering the fact that $100 million has been invested in the game’s release in China, there’s the possibility that it involves actual real money. Regardless, it doesn’t exactly sit nicely next to stories about the US team being unable to make payroll on time.

Source: MMO Culture
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MetaDune
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MetaDune

I’m not arguing, I’m just putting insight on what might be happening since I have a few friends in the industry and why employees might not want to leave even though half the people are being defensive and think it’s easy to find another job just by updating their resume lol

thegirlwiththehair
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thegirlwiththehair

MetaDune Red5 isn’t small, they have hundreds of employees and are (or rather ‘were’) pulling in some big name talent.  Sure, they are no EA or Blizzard/Acti in terms of size, but far from their small startup days.

MetaDune
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MetaDune

Yea its so funny, your ignorance is pretty funny to.

wjowski
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wjowski

MetaDune Xijit 
Crying crocodile tears about ‘those poor poor employees’ while defending payroll fraud.
Funny stuff.

MetaDune
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MetaDune

BritoBruno MetaDune I never said it was “ok,” I was explaining the situation of how the industry is. Your ignorance is disgusting and if you don’t like how things work, shove your ignorance up your hole because you have no idea what those employees are going through right now.

Feydakin
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Feydakin

Well blahblahblah to most of the comments, I just hope that Red5 gets it’s feet back under them. Firefall is actually a great game now and I wish more people would play it and support them. After what they went through with their little “issue” and recovering the game from his mismanagement, they deserve a break IMO.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

MetaDune While you say that, some people in massively already believe that they should be polishing up that resume.
We’re not talking about Mr. Jose little market, we’re talking about a multimillion industry, where a specific company withheld payments with threats and silence. Don’t say that’s a ok thing to do. It isn’t.

MetaDune
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MetaDune

Again, this happens a lot more then you think especially in small/mid sized companies and not just once like here, some of these employees aren’t in it just for the money and invested heavily in the game itself, in the company, etc.
I know friends who love what they’re working on but know the realities that they’re not going to get paid all the time because the product is still in development and sacrfice a lot of their time and effort in it. The companies are small/mid sized so they have a lot of say in the process and everyone know each other in the company.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

woolydub

Xijit
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Xijit

A public statement of “shit, the financial department dropped the ball but people will be getting their checks as soon as this is straightened out” would have defused the entire situation … Which any company would have done, if that was all that the situation was.
I really don’t care one way or the other, as I am just some ass hole on the internet, but it seems pretty appearant that the whole situation is fucked up (between an underperforming studio & a shady publisher that has alterier motives) and if I did work ar Red5 I would be polishing up my resume right now.