As we reported last weekend, Crytek appears to have hit a financial roadblock once again and sources speaking with KitGuru confirmed that employees haven't been paid on time for months and no pay has been received for October, November or December. While Crytek has yet to comment publicly on all of the news, one of their former FX artists has started up a crowd funding campaign for legal funds to sue Crytek for their unpaid wages.
Ludvig Lindqvist launched the GoFundMe campaign this week. He was employed at Crytek's Frankfurt office from March 2015 to December 2016 and left after receiving no pay for October or November. Do keep in mind that wages from June of this year onwards were also paid several weeks late at Crytek Frankfurt.
On his crowd funding page, Ludvig says: “Today as I'm creating this GoFundMe campaign, 14th December 2016, it was 58 days since Crytek paid me my September salary. Two whole months have failed to make it to my account. All Crytek employees are in the same situation”.
The campaign goal is quite high, sitting at €20,000, which some are questioning in the comments as the campaign doesn't really explain why this much money is needed. That said, lawyers are expensive and this case could last a while and rack up quite a bill. So far, at the time of writing, €155 has been raised so far for the legal fund.
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KitGuru Says: Given the run around Crytek is putting its employees through, I'm surprised more lawsuits haven't popped up yet. Crytek is keeping quiet about what's going on right now but hopefully all of the employees get things sorted soon, after all, people have bills to pay and mouths to feed and two months is a long time to not receive any income.