Another report on Quantic Lab suggests that things are worse than previously assumed.
In June, a report from Upper Echelon Gamers alleged that Romania-based QA contractor Quantic Lab lied to CD Projekt Red about the qualifications and experience of the QA testers it provided for Cyberpunk 2077. The report claimed also that Quantic Lab told its employees to report a set number of bugs daily, meaning that the developer could have missed important issues while fixing minor ones. At the time, Quantic Lab CEO Stefan Cicarescu didn’t really deny the allegations, but a new report suggests things are actually worse.
The new report, published by PC Gamer, contains testimony from eight former and two current employees of Quantic Lab who alleged that management lied to numerous customers about the size of the company as well as the qualifications and experience of its employees. Quantic Lab was reportedly working far beyond its capacity and was constantly taking on additional projects despite having very few hands.
It’s well known that Cyberpunk 2077 had one of the most disastrous launches in the industry – riddled with glitches, performance issues and so many bugs that it was eventually offered refunds and even pulled from the PlayStation Store. The report claims that Quantic Lab was simultaneously working on NBA 2K21, and this resulted in a drain on resources and employees.
“Out of a group of 30 people [initially assigned to Cyberpunk 2077]I think only 10 of them had QA experience,” a source who worked on Cyberpunk for Quantic told PC Gamer. They also said that “none of the ‘experienced’ testers had more than a year.”
The report goes on to say that management specifically asked employees not to discuss their overall experience while speaking with CD Projekt employees. The developer reportedly contacted Quantic Lab on multiple occasions regarding the QA team’s underperformance.
These claims were further compounded by sources’ claims of low wages, critical conditions and low morale. Those who spent one to three years at the company were reportedly quickly promoted to “star” and also forced to lie to current and potential customers about the size and experience of Quantic Lab’s employees.
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