BioWare Mythic man slams EA 'culture of fear'

Outgoing staffer criticises studio heads, explains "why Warhammer failed"

An alleged, anonymous Bioware Mythic staffer set to be axed from the studio has hit out at the studio's "culture of fear".

Posting as 'EA Louse', in direct reference to the EA Spouse affair, the insider claimed he or she will be dismissed later this year "during the next round" of layoffs at the publisher.


'EA Louse' wrote: "Mythic is dying, and it's not us who killed him but we're taking the fall. But if you want to know what really went down with Warhammer, I'll tell you right now. First, the project leaders did not know what they were doing."

Senior Mythic players including producer Jeff Hickman, group general manager Rob Denton, general manager Eugene Evans and creative director Paul Barnett were all criticised for their alleged working practices and characters.

"... We shut up and did what we were told, by people too afraid to tackle real problems. It is a culture of fear, especially since [Mythic co-founder and CEO] Mark Jacobs was fired. Oh, he left voluntarily you say? No, he was fired, and everything placed on his shoulders by those closest to him so they could divide his salary and annual bonus.

"So what do they all have in common? All of them failed, badly, in Warhammer, and each of them is in a position of authority in the new company, while the rest of us are facing pink slips. How do they sleep at night? They spin around, blame everything on Mark, divide his old salary between them, and never speak about it again. Oh, and they fuck us little guys as well.

"Almost makes me congratulate them for having the balls, but after watching them work, it's obvious they don't have any. They're cowards running scared trying to hide under the wing of Bioware, now that Rob has become a general manager of EA."

Returning to the subject of Warhammer, the angry staffer wrote: "We shouldn't have released when we did, everyone knows it. The game wasn't done, but EA gave us a deadline and threatened the leaders of Mythic with pink slips. We slipped so many times, it had to go out.

"We sold more than a million boxes, and only had 300k subs a month later. Going down every since. It's "stable" now, but guess what? Even Dark Age and Ultima have more subs than we have. How great is that? Games almost a decade make more money than our biggest project."

Ouch. And wait until you read what she/he thinks about The Old Republic...

[ SOURCE: EA Louse ]