Rumours

More allegations paint NetherRealm as a studio with a horrible culture

Another batch of ex-employees are alleging that developer NetherRealm places its staff under horrific working conditions.

Anonymous former employees who worked on titles like Mortal Kombat 9, Mortal Kombat X and Injustice 2 have spoken to USGamer detailed “a company that regularly takes advantage of contracted workers.”

“I can share that everything Beck Hallstedt has said is absolutely true,” one source said, backing up additional claims made last week.

“It was the first time any of us were working on a triple-A game,” another source, a former contractor at NetherRealm, said.

“We all had hopes of getting hired after our contract were up,” another former contractor added. “Spoilers: none of us got hired immediately after our contracts were up.”

USGamer’s lengthy piece details a number of alleged incidents which paint a portrait of a studio in disarray, led by predatory executives happy to pit contractors against one another for jobs that may never have actually been available. Of note is an incident in which key Injustice 2 leaks hit the internet; following them, contractors were intimidated by executives and full-time staff despite a lack of evidence of who actually made the leak.

NetherRealm’s latest, Mortal Kombat 11, is out now on Windows PC, Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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