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Report: Crytek losing staff and failing to meet payroll

A pair of reports published this week by Eurogamer and Kotaku suggest that CryEngine developer Crytek may be having trouble paying all of its employees, losing some of them in the process.
A pair of reports published this week by Eurogamer and Kotaku suggest that CryEngine developer Crytek may be having trouble paying all of its employees, losing some of them in the process. According to Eurogamer, anonymous sources within Crytek UK claim the company has failed to consistently meet payroll for all employees, leading to low morale and the departure of more than 30 staff members since 2011. The report is a follow-up to Crytek's recent statement refuting German magazine Gamestar's accusation that the company is on the verge of bankruptcy. Kotaku's Jason Schreier has also been following the story for some time, and published a report today claiming that Crytek has had trouble paying all of its employees after losing a deal with Microsoft to develop a sequel to the studio's Xbox One launch game Ryse. According to a number of Schreier's sources, Crytek employees have been expressly forbidden from discussing salary issues over email. "It upsets me greatly that Crytek continues to deny these allegations," reads one email from an anonymous former Crytek employee cited by Kotaku. "They are all true!" Gamasutra has reached out to Crytek for comment, and we'll update this story with any meaningful new information. If you or someone you know has been affected by this situation, you can email Gamasutra to tell your story confidentially.

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