Earlier this week, Jeff Williams, formerly a web site producer for Rockstar Games, put up a post on his blog about his time working for the company. If what he wrote is accurate, I’m amazed they’re still in business.

Mismanagement, micromanagement, high staff turnover, and what seemed to be a fair amount of disorganization – it’s a wonder Rockstar ever got out one game, never mind four (Grand Theft Auto).

It’s a fascinating look at what went on (and is probably still going on) there. But it does bring a thought to mind: are other companies like this? If so, it could well be one reason why games are in such poor shape on release. Or why a company has one or two games out and then seems to fall apart.

It’s a long post, but well worth reading. And I’d love to hear from some of the developers out there on this topic.

Inside Rockstar on Jeff Williams’ blog