Rockstar: No Love for Team Bondi

Despite the enormous success of L.A. Noire, all is not harmonious between developer Team Bondi and publisher Rockstar. Apparently, Team Bondi has a such a poor work environment that the International Games Developers Association (IGDA) is launching an investigation. This dysfunction has also extended to Rockstar.

“I’ve heard a lot about Rockstar’s disdain for Team Bondi, and it has been made quite clear that they will not publish Team Bondi’s next game,” said an anonymous source. “Team Bondi are trying to find another publisher for their next title, but the relationship with Rockstar has been badly damaged – Brendan treats L.A. Noire like a success due to his vision but I think Rockstar are the ones who saved the project. They continued to sink money into L.A. Noire, and their marketing was fantastic. Without their continued support, Team Bondi would have gone under several years ago.”

“Rockstar also made a huge contribution to the development; their producers were increasingly influential over the last two years of the game’s development, and overruled many of the insane decisions made by Team Bondi management,” the sources continued. “At a lower level, Rockstar also pitched in with programmers, animators, artists, QA, etc. Part of the conflict between Team Bondi and Rockstar was due to Rockstar’s frustration with Team Bondi’s direction, and eventually Team Bondi’s management in turn resented Rockstar for taking lots of creative control.”

About 130 former Team Bondi developers have alleged they were left out of L.A. Noire’s credits and were subject to verbal abuse from Team Bondi head Brendan McNamara, as well as 110 hour work weeks without overtime.

Source: Industrygamers


  1. Wolf96 says:

    such sad news to see from an awesome game. I hope those developers get reparations or something. I’d hate for all their hard work and effort go for naught

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