Baldur’s Gate 3 Director Blames Publisher Greed For Layoffs

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"I've Been Fighting Publishers My Whole Life"

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  • The Baldur’s Gate 3 Director recently shared his thoughts on the industry’s layoffs.
  • He states publisher greed is ruining the industry.
  • The Director states publishers need to be more patient in these matters.

[Press Release] Baldur’s Gate 3 is still making the rounds in the news and social media. Following a Game of the Year victory at The Game Awards 2023, it has managed to sweep various awards at multiple events.

The CRPG’s latest victory came at the Game Developers Conference 2024, where it was crowned Game of The Year yet again. However, Director Swen Vincke used this occasion to call out publishers for their greed amid the recent layoffs.

Why it matters: Swen Vincke has years of experience in the industry. Therefore, his words come from a place of experience.

Baldur's Gate 3 Larian Studios
Baldur’s Gate 3 Is Larian Studios’ Biggest Hit

Publishers like Sony, Microsoft, EA, and more have faced layoffs this year. Addressing the matter, Larian Studios CEO and Baldur’s Gate 3 Director Swen Vincke stated that publisher greed is primarily to be blamed.

I’ve been fighting publishers my entire life.

-Swen Vincke

According to Eurogamer, he noted that publishers are stuck in a constant loop of chasing profits, laying off developers, and then hiring more when needed.

He also remarked that various high-profile professionals recently lost their jobs in the industry. Swen Vincke advises publishers to slow down and value talented creatives instead of blindly chasing profits quarter after quarter.

His words struck a chord with the audience at GDC 2024, with many nodding in agreement.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 Did Not Have Publisher Interference

In the past, Larian Studios offered a helping hand to those seeking new jobs.

The developer is far from the biggest studio but hopes to use its independence to push for freedom and creativity. This is one of the reasons behind Baldur’s Gate 3’s unmatched success.

While the industry is in a rough position, we look forward to a better tomorrow. Many creatives are rallying in support of their fellow creators, and we hope this helps the industry recover after this difficult spell.

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