Stardew Valley creator puts distance amongst himself and publisher Chucklefish

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The creator of indie hit Stardew Valley Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone has published a weblog post clarifying his connection with publisher Chucklefish

In the post, the developer says that he was the only individual functioning on the farming title, with an employee of Chucklefish contributing to the multiplayer update. That was released two-and-a-half-years immediately after Stardew Valley’s initial launch. By and huge, Barone claims that Chucklefish was handling the business enterprise and publishing side of items. Additionally, he has been self-publishing the game considering the fact that December 2018.

In September, Chucklefish was accused of utilizing “hundreds of hours” of unpaid labour for its debut title Starbound. The enterprise has responded to the allegations. 

“I am conscious of the news and social media reports that Chucklefish allegedly engaged in unfair and potentially abusive labor practices in the course of improvement of their game, Starbound. I really feel the have to have to address this circumstance simply because the connection amongst Chucklefish and Stardew Valley, as nicely as the degree to which Chucklefish was involved in the creation of the game, has been a supply of confusion for a lot of persons,” Barone wrote.

“So I’d like to clarify a couple of items. All through the four.five years of improvement, I was the only individual to perform on Stardew Valley. Neither Chucklefish nor any contributors functioning with Chucklefish have been involved in producing the game, in any capacity.”

He continued: “Beyond that, Chucklefish has served only as publisher, which indicates that they handled the business enterprise and marketing and advertising side of items, as nicely as contracting the localizations, console &amp mobile ports to 3rd-celebration organizations. Considering that December of final year, I’ve moved to self-publishing on Computer, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox, and PSVita… Chucklefish is no longer publishing the game on these platforms.

“I can also say that, each personally and in my capacity as the current founder of a compact group, I think in compensating developers for their contributions in functioning on games.”

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