Back in June, a report by Upper Echelon Gamers alleged that Romania based quality assurance contractor, Quantic Lab lied to CD Projekt Red about the qualifications and experience of the QA testers it provided for Cyberpunk 2077. The report also claimed that Quantic Lab told its employees to report a set number of bugs daily, meaning the developer could have missed out on major issues while attending to minor ones. At the time, Quantic Lab CEO Stefan Seicarescu didn't really deny the allegations, but a new report suggests that things are actually worse.
The new report, published by PC Gamer, contains testimonies from eight former and two current employees of Quantic Lab who have alleged that the management has lied to numerous clients about the size of the company as well as the qualification and experience of its employees. Quantic Lab was allegedly working way beyond its means and constantly taking up additional projects despite having very few hands.
It's pretty well known that Cyberpunk 2077 had one of the most disastrous launches in the industry – filled with game-breaking glitches, performance issues, and so many bugs that refunds were eventually offered, and it was even taken off the PlayStation Store. The report claims that Quantic Lab was simultaneously working on NBA 2K21, and this resulted in resources and employees being stretched thin.
"From a team of 30 people [initially assigned to Cyberpunk 2077], I think only 10 of them had experience on QA," a source who worked on Cyberpunk for Quantic told PC Gamer. They also said "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 talking to CD Projekt employees. The developer reportedly contacted Quantic Lab on a number of occasions, regarding the QA team's under-par performance.
These allegations were further compounded with the sources' claims about low pay, crunch, and low morale. Reportedly, those who spent one to three years at the company were quickly promoted to "lead testers" and were also made to lie to current and potential clients about Quantic Lab's size and employee experience.
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