Update: Former devs left out of Move Street Cricket credits; Trine responds

Move Street Cricket has made its way onto store shelves rather quietly, and it seems that with equal stealth, developer Trine Games has left out several former employees who worked on the game from its credits.

A Street Cricket Champions (PS2) screenshot, as no assets for the PS3 game exist.

Former Trine employee Divyendra Singh Rathore made a post on the NASSCOM Gaming Forum on Facebook stating that he and atleast five other former colleagues, who had worked on Move Street Cricket, were left out from the game’s credits. Rathore further added that on contacting Trine about this omission, the game’s associate producer Anuj Sahani confirmed that his name was indeed “dropped out” and that it wasn’t an oversight.

According to Rathore, even though he had left Trine before the game was completed, a lot of his work on it made it into the final product, “down to minor things such as the names of players and mini game mode names (which were explicitly tagged as WIP and were meant to be changed later, but apparently weren’t).”

On contacting Trine Games for an official response, CEO Sangam Gupta told IVG,” (I) have asked my HR about the dates during which the employees left. We will shortly provide a full statement to you on that.”

He added, “To me, it’s one of those things where something big comes out and the credit hunger prevails. (These) guys claim they did so much and leave the company months before release, causing the game to get delayed by several months and costing the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. And yet they want to claim credit for the work.”

This incident is startlingly similar to the events at L.A. Noire’s Aussie developer Team Bondi, where there was an outcry from former employees who were left out from the game’s credits. The studio was forced to wind up operations soon after, amidst reports of harsh working conditions and unpaid wages.

Update: We’ve received a more detailed statement from Trine CEO Sangam Gupta, and here are some excerpts from it.

“All these guys are clearly aware of our company policies – you work on the game till the end, and you get credit for it. You abandon ship, you won’t. The rest of the team, which spent hundreds of crunch hours in the end to make the game a reality are the ones which deserve the true credit.

As far as Mr Divyendra Rathore is concerned, he worked on the project for two months in the very early stages, before the production even started. He left the company in January 2011. None of his work made it into the game, and it would have been unfair to the team and the company to list him as a “Games Designer” when he did not do anything towards the project. The team members were against his name being in.

Ankur Agarwal and Vibhash Joshi were well aware of the fact that their names won’t be in the credits. They left the project way before Alpha and their work was entirely re-written by the new programmers. The only error on our side was not including Shray Khanna, which was omitted by mistake. We will add his name in the forthcoming patch, which comes out in a few weeks.

It’s shit like this that is plaguing the industry. Everyone just complains about how shitty our games are and why the Indian games industry doesn’t progress. We didn’t enter this business to make money, but to make good games and build up the Indian games industry’s standard. We brought technologies like Unreal Engine 3 , and Playstation 3 and Wii development to India. We have over nine games available globally, something none of my competition can match or accomplish in the next three years. Our company is run by actual gamers.

Not showing up to work on time, taking unplanned leaves, complaining during crunch hours, ignoring phone calls from the company during milestone submission days and ultimately delaying the game and then complaining about salaries being delayed is unfair to the company. We rely on publishers to pay us, and they would only do so when the builds are hitting on time.

Leaving the company for better pay somewhere else, leaving your entire team in misery, delaying the game and still claiming credit for it is absolute nonsense.”

Gupta added further in a separate email, “We’ve reviewed the credits that made it to the final game and there are several guys who aren’t at Trine anymore (left over six months ago) and their names are still there in the credits. We have given proper credits to all the personnel involved whose work made it into the game. The allegations of Mr Rathore are completely absurd.”

Move Street Cricket is out now for Rs 1,499 on Blu-ray and Rs 1,099 on the Playstation Store. Check back soon for our review.

Published by Sameer Desai

Sameer is the co-founder, owner and editor of IVG. He has been a writer and journalist for over a decade, most of it focussed on gaming. Having initially worked in news media (TV and online), he switched to tech and video games journalism in 2006. He was editor for the Indian edition of UK-based games trade publication, MCV. He has also written India-focussed columns for Gamespot, and been featured as a games expert by MTV, Mumbai Mirror and The Guardian (UK), among others.

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  1. Sangam Gupta is the most stupid person on this planet. He does not know shit about how to run/handle a company. He screws with peoples lives who are passionate about gaming and who want to make career in it. Please ask previous employees of the company how they were screwed/exploited by him and while he himself bought a Ferrari from their hard work. And the above article just confirms how sick he really is.

  2. True indeed. This is the worst company anyone can work in. Non-existent HR, a lame CEO who wouldn’t know how to manage a company, people not getting their salaries for like 4-5 months in a row, no salary slips, no relieving letters for people who get frustrated want to leave this shithole company. It’s literally an exploitation of all the employees working there who join this company for their passion for creating video games. DON’T ever join Trine if you want a career in gaming.

  3. This is pretty bad, but the fact that the company is so unprofessional about this incident is adding salt to the wounds: http://www.trinegames.com/our-response/. I believe that companies, like Sony, need to spend more on helping indie development within India rather than useless companies such as Trine.

  4. Sangam Gupta is a stupid person and it’s an insult for the word “CEO” to call him a CEO of a company. Unprofessional, poor marketing and shitty games in market. At least he accept his shits. Don’t ever join such companies like TRINE if you want to make your future bright.

  5. Though Trine is probably no more, I feel the need to comment on this. The very fact that Mr. Gupta made such a long diatribe about a simple complaint from an ex-employee indicates he has been trying to cover his ass!

    Let’s consider this for a minute: “team members were against the inclusion” – WHAT? When does the team get to decide the credits? The team should have ZERO say in what goes into the credits, that’s purely a management and HR matter. If the “team” really wanted the exclusion of a few members, I dare say there is a whole lot of politics in this organization and anyone who listens to someone saying that might as well put up a nuclear warhead on his ship and have it explode. If the team did express such a concern, disciplinary action should have been taken against them.

    Secondly, anyone who worked on the game in any capacity needs to be credited, at least in “special thanks” as they DID work on it and helped it through, early stages or not. The entry or exit of an employee delaying the project is utter BS, the fact is that the management is responsible (DIRECTLY) to ensure a project is delivered on time. The fact that this guy tries to shift the blame is a strong indicator of an inability to perform his task as intended. I’d strongly recommend his removal from the post based on this alone 😛

    TBH I have seen such low grade politics all over the IT industry of India – hell, even in some “top grade” IT-oriented MBA courses in some good universities of India, students often commit such in-fighting and weird politics. Let me tell you something, as time will definitely show, ALL of you go down when you do this. What use is this to Mr.Gupta, whose company still has not produced tangible profit and is nearly dead for all legal and practical purposes, and what use was it to any of the employees who are likely still struggling to get settled in life?

    The message has to be very clear – respect each other, work together, or DIE. Shit like this was why I decided to avoid the IT and software industry completely in my younger days – this industry is full of “racists” – i.e. people who believe it’s a race and a game of who comes first and who comes last.

    Companies like TCS, Infy, Wipro, etc. are successful because of the strict policies they have in place that also contain (no one can remove) such political inclinations.

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