Crunch is Failure
By signing below, I publicly declare:

Crunch, or excessive overtime, is not necessary or normal. Excessive overtime is one enemy of good game development.

Game development is worsened by the practice of “crunching” or excessive overtime.

Game development is improved by the practice of admitting when mistakes are made, and avoiding crunch as much as possible.

The game development community and industry would be improved by the admission of excessive overtime as a failure.

Excessive overtime is not admirable, virtuous, or empowering. Crunch can sometimes be a personal choice, but it is a cause for concern when practised as a habit. Inasmuch as I contribute to forming a culture of professional work, I see crunch as one of the ways that a game's development can fail.

When it is my failure, I will take ownership, apologise, and try to do better in the future. When it is another’s failure, I will try to help support them in creating a better process.

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Signatures thus far (561, September 7 2017):

@acoto87 (Mackno Studio)
@awrightiv
@FkidsR
@LunarPeter (Lunar Enigma Games)
@mpol0
@quantumpotato (Quantum Productions)
@TheEnemby
@WeWuzMetokur
Aaron Chapin (Space Whale, LLC)
Aaron Cole (Nerve Software)
Aaron Oak (Zero Dimension)
Aaron Sarazan (Manotaur Games)
Abigail Allport
Adam Carriere (@adamthegameguy)
Adam Gorman
Adam Moore
Adam Thompson (EmotionTheory.com)
Aditya Subramanian
Adrian Hernik
Adrian Papari (FEO Media)
Æryn Simpson (Game Builder Club and Building 3d Game Birds Gameapp Maker Co.)
Akash Thakkar
Alberto Fonseca (Game Loop)
Aleksandr Molchanov
Alex Dixon (Dixonary)
Alex Mole (Criterion Games)
Alex Van Chestein
Alex Zook
Alexander Beauchesne (@BeauPrime)
Alexander Birke, Out of Bounds
Alexzander Protasenya (PROTASCENERY)
Alexandre Borgia (Burrito Studio)
Alexis Kennedy (Failbetter Games)
Alic Szecsei
Alice Mayberry
Alicia Contestabile
Aline Sylla
Amy Parent (Lightspeed Games)
Amy Roberts @amydentata
Andreas Papathanasis
André Lopes
Andrés Ruiz Bernabeu (StudioSevenTiles.com)
Andrew Cassidy
Andrew Crowell
Andrew Dovichi (Ubisoft SF)
Andrew McPherson
Andrew Wallace (Atlatl Software)
Andy Vennet
Anh Thy Nguyen
Anıl Demir
Anjelika Rodis
Anthoni Caldwell(Me)
Anthony Dungan
Anthony Gaudio (Meteor Fury)
Anthony Tesija (ATesh Games)
Antoine Ladouceur (Compulsion Games)
Anton Hand (RUST LTD.)
Anton Uklein (Moon Moon Games)
Antti Kolehmainen (Parta Games)
Aquma
Arcoirisoft
Arek Rebacz (Rarykos)
Arjuna Gonzales (Nezami Games)
Ashley Nicollette (YOUmedia)
Ashwath George (WB Games Montréal)
Aubrey Hesselgren
Aubrey Pullman
August Junkala
Auston Montville (TOO DX)
Bas Elsendoorn
Beat Kunz (Fusion.Robot GmbH)
Becky Lavender
Bela Tibor Bartha (Spooky Star)
Belinda Zoller (Extra Credits)
Ben Burbank (Double Fine)
Ben Kerslake (Grinning Pickle)
Ben Sunshine-Hill (Havok)
Benjamin Steely
Bernardo Gomes
Beshr Kayali
Bill Graner (Crater House)
Brad Johnson (Be-Rad Entertainment)
Brandon Duncan (Red Nexus Games)
Brendan Lehman
Brendan McGuire (Playable Bread)
Brenden Gibbons
Brian Beuken
Brian Chung
Brian Geiger
Brian Intile
Brian O'Connor
Brian Sperduto
Bryan Rumsey (Critical Composer Studios)
C.J. Kershner
Caidence Joy Stone! ♡ (@CaidenceStone)
Cameron McQuade (Bumbletime Studios)
Carl Muckenhoupt (Telltale Games)
Carlos Cornejo
Carol Mertz
Carolyn Jong
Carolyn VanEseltine (Sibyl Moon)
Casey Monroe
Catalin Alexandru (Spicy Thunder Games, Apartment 17B)
Catalin Zima-Zegreanu
Chad Toprak
Chaima Jemmali
Charles Palmer
Charles Randall
Chevy Ray Johnston
Chloe Goodchild
Chris Antony (Antony Games)
Chris Jolley
Chris Kjosmoen (Ardoetia Productions)
Chris Parker
Chris Payne (Quantum Soup Studios)
Chris Proctor (343 Industries)
Christian Boutin (Exequor Studios)
Christopher Floyd
Christopher Hanel
Christopher Mangum
Ciro Continisio (Tiny Colossus)
Clement Linel
Clint Masterson
Colm Larkin (Gambrinous)
Colton Onderwater (Bear-Tooth Studios)
Constantin Graf (Rebusmind)
Cory Robinson
Craig Morrison
Craig Pitcock
Craig Thomas
Damian McGivney (http://zenuel.com)
Damian Sommer
Damir Veapi
Damon Anderson
Dan Menard (Double Stallion Games)
Dan Silber (Interstellar Tortoise)
Daniel Austin
Daniel Bether
Daniel Cook, Spry Fox
Daniel Jordan
Daniel Klein (Riot Games)
Daniel West
Danny Silvers, Lantana Games
Daphny Drucilla Delight David
Daryl Wilson (Tri-Coastal Games)
Dave Gilbert (Wadjet Eye Games)
Dave LeCompte (Big Dice Games)
Dave Weinstein
David Amador (upfallstudios.com)
David Calvo
David Carrigg (Retro Affect)
David Hayward
David Holmes
David Molnar
David Rico (Rodaja)
David Zaadstra
Dennis Lee (Mochi Labs)
Derek Campbell (CDSquared Studios)
Devin Horsman (Twisted Oak Technologies)
Devindra Payment
Devon Wiersma
Diana Salles
Diego Francisco
Dina Abou Karam
Dixon Grimdixie
Dominik Gotojuch (Robot Gentleman)
Dominique Ferland (Dom2D)
Donovan Violette
Eddy Léja-Six (Isart Digital)
Edgard Ortega (Polymath Lab)
Eileen Jones
Eira A. Ekre
Eli Delventhal (Flint Games)
Elisabeth Beinke-Schwartz (Certain Affinity)
Elise Trinh
Elizabeth Edwards
Ellen Marett (WG Cells Seattle)
Emilien Gorisse (Nadeo)
Emily deLemos
Emmanuel Corno
Enrique Klein
Eric Gjertsen
Eric Guadara (@eeease)
Erica Lahaie
Erik Olsen
Erik Pettis
Erin Eldridge (RPOP Project for NASA JSC/EG6)
Eris Koleszar
Evan Combs
Eve Penford
Evelyn Hahn (Snowed In Studios)
Fabio Zambetta (RMIT University)
Fabrice Piquet
Felipe Dal Molin (Luderia)
Felix Kramer
Felix Pleşoianu (No Time To Play)
Fernando Ramallo (Panoramical)
Fernando Serboncini
Flaminia Grimaldi
Florence Vaillant (Ubisoft SF)
Francis Sheridan Paré (Ludia)
Francois van Niekerk (Clockwork Acorn)
Fred Ström (Pixel Ferrets)
GameDev Cala (http://nerd-time.com)
Garrett Cooper
Gaston Martinez (LightArrowGames.com)
Gavin D (Sl0thProduction)
Gemma Thomson (Kaludoscope)
Georgi Trenev (Imperia Online)
Germain Couet (Sauropod Studio)
Gersande la Flèche
Giulio
Glen Henry (spritewrench.com/)
Gordon Little
Graeme Lennon (WBGames Montreal)
Greg Gibson (@hellogreg)
Greg Lemon (independent game contractor)
Gregory Allen (First Player Games)
Gregory Challant (Homemade Games)
Guerric Haché (Relic Entertainment)
Guillaume Boucher-Vidal (Nine Dots Studio)
H. McGill
Haddon Chippington Derrick
Hannah Flynn (Failbetter Games)
Harrison Rosenberg (Culture4Jam)
Henrik Finklestein
Henry Smith
Hrvoje Varga (Euthenia Arts)
Ian Andreas Snyder (DACC)
Ian Cuslidge
Ian Gander
Ian Hamilton
Ian Holstead
Ian Richard (Indy)
Ian Thomas
Ian Wexler
Ian Williams
Ido Yehieli (tametick.com)
Ifeanyi Oraelosi
Ivan Mir (QotoQot)
Ivan Mulkeen
J. Kyle Pittman (Minor Key Games)
J. Paul Reed
Jack Harnett
Jackie Marcano
Jackie McGraw (MAGIC Spell Studios)
James A. Henley
James Hofmann
James Linacre
James Patten
James Polly
James Wood (Ramensoft)
Jamie Degen
Jamie Fristrom (Happion Labs)
Jared Evans
Jaroslav Meloun
Jaroslav Stehlík (Silicon Jelly)
Jason Bentley (Hemlock Games)
Jason P. Kaplan
Jason RT Bond (@JasonRTBond)
Jean-Francois Major(Tribute Games)
Jean-Philippe Parent (ÉTS)
Jeff Clark (Interdiction Studios)
Jennifer Hogueison
Jennifer Moreau (Unifor Local 2000)
Jennifer Schneidereit (Nyamyam)
Jennifer Whitson, PhD. University of Waterloo
Jenny Son
Jeremy Lonien (Ludonaut)
Jeroen Houttuin
Jess Winter (Misc. Labs)
Jill Murray (Discoglobe Interactive Inc.)
Jim Crawford (Twinbeard)
Jim Rice @jiiimbot
Jim Van Verth
Joachim Despland
Joachim Sammer (Sunburned Games)
Jody Hicks
Joe Cavers
Joel Martin
Joerg Reisig
John Bain (Totalbiscuit)
John Fio
John Lethbridge
John Paul McDaniel (itmeJP)
John "Seg" Seggerson
John Warren (Minicore Studios)
Johnny Blakeborough
Jon Coughlin
Jon Gill
Jon Keon (Karman Interactive)
Jon Remedios
Jonas Dutouquet
Jonathan "Ellian" Rousseau
Jonathan Flynn
Jonathan Malave (MijiKai Game Studio)
Jonathan Williams (Caprobatica)
Joel Schroyen
Joey Lapegna
Joseph Abell
Joseph Cassano (Ubisoft Toronto)
Joseph Cherlin (ArenaNet)
Josephine Doggett
Josh "Cheeseness" Bush
Josh Fairhurst (Mighty Rabbit Studios)
Josh Newland
Josh Sutphin (Kickbomb Entertainment)
Joshua Diaz (ArenaNet, LLC)
Joshua Hodges
JP LeBreton
Juan Andres (http://juans.org)
Juan Carlos Guerrero
Juan Lagisquet (Polyraptor Games)
Juan Sebastian
Juan Vaca
Julian Maroda (Norsfell)
Julian Pritchard (Punk Arcade)
Julien (Bohemia Interactive)
Julien Delavennat
Justin Johnson (@Froodjakle)
Justin McDaniel (Catatronic Games)
Jyri Kilpeläinen (Kiemura)
kalin (Funktronic Labs)
Kanane Jones
Kane York
Karstein Ersdal (Ravn Studio)
Kate Secor
Kate Totterdell
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Katharine Neil
Kennedy Rose (Smarter Games)
Kenny Backus (Fractal Phase)
Kevin Maxon (Ice Water Games)
Kevin S.
Kevin Snow (Bravemule)
Klemen Slavic
Korigan Stone
Kostas Vlachavas (Creative Assembly)
Krystian Golebczyk
Kyler Kelly (Clever Endeavour Games)
Lance Hitchcock (ArenaNet, LLC)
Lance T Hildebrand (Forgotten Tale)
Lateef Martin (Miscellaneum Studios)
Laura Bularca
Laurent Giroud
Lee Hutchinson (@Lee_Ars - tell me about your crunches!)
Leigh Johnson (Funcom)
Liam Murphy
Licinio Roque (Tapestry)
Lilith
Linda Kiby Zetterman (warpzonestudios.com)
Lisa Boleyn (WG Cells Seattle)
Lisa Schaeffer
Liz England
Louis Mannevy
Louis Pearson
Louis-Philip Grenier (route 28)
Louis Sciannamblo (Freelance Game Artist)
Lovepreet Singh (Hut 90)
Luca Fusi
Luca Vignaroli (Burning IT)
Lucas Govatos(Epitasis Games)
Ludovic Coues
Lugh Delaney Boyle (@protoBASILISK)
Lukas Orsvärn
Marben E. (Independent)
Marc Antoine Dumont (ÉTS)
Marc Di Luzio
Marc Feliu
Marcelo Perez (Kitfox Games)
Marcus Silva
Marion Esquian
Mark Laframboise (Lightning Rod Games)
Mark Smith (Bacon Bandit Games)
Mark Wonnacott
Martin Grider, Abstract Puzzle LLC
Martin Jennings-Teats
Martin Pichlmair (ITU Copenhagen/Broken Rules)
Mateusz Janczewski (ATGames)
Mathias Nikolajsen
Mathieu Cornille (Ubisoft)
Mathieu Hector (dopagames)
Matt Conn (Midboss)
Matt Hoffman (LuxelOperation)
Matt Nixon (DevPirates)
Matthew Grimm
Mattias Cibien
Mattias Gustavsson (@Mattias_G)
Mattias Kirsten (Star Stable Studios)
Maurice Grela (Independent, Beeline Interactive)
Maurício Gomes (Kidoteca)
Max Emerick
Max Nichols
Maxime Lebled
Maximilien SP (La Hacienda Creative)
Mazen Sukkar (Skunk Amazer)
Mazz Atack
Meg Betteridge
Megan Fox (Glass Bottom Games)
Megan McAvoy
Melanie Severs (Graphite Lab)
Mia Consalvo (Concordia University)
Micha Faw
Michael Carius
Michael Cook (Games By ANGELINA)
Michael Freundorfer
Michael Hicks
Michael Travaglione (Hidden Path Entertainment)
Michael Vaughn Green (Wombat Source)
Michel Gallant
Michele Krüger
Michelle Hebert (Carbine Studios)
Miguel Posada (Efecto Studios)
Mike Blackney
Mike Christian (From the Future)
Mike Judge (Substantial)
Mike Lewis (ArenaNet, LLC)
Mike Traficante
Mikko Tuomela
Mitchell Smallman (Next Games)
Mohannad Al-Khatib (http://Artifact5.com/)
Nate Gallardo
Nate Rulli (Turn 10 Studios)
Nathan Frost (Turtle Rock Studios)
Nathan Negreiro
Neil Ivess
Neil Postlethwaite
Nicholas Barry
Nick Rudzicz (KO-OP Mode)
Nick Turner (NTurnerGames)
Nicolas Barrière-Kucharski
Nicolas Nowak (Monsieur N)
Noah Ratcliff
Nona Roe
Osama Dorias (Heroes Never Lose)
Oscar Rova
Pål Schakonat
Paige Meekison
Patrick Fuller (EiA Games)
Paul Rand Pierce
Paul Tozour (Mothership Entertainment)
Pedro Carneiro (Eleven Giants Project)
Pedro Henriques
Pedro Pereira
Peter Bigioni
Peter Cardwell-Gardner (Made With Monster Love)
Peter Curry (Dinosaur Polo Club)
Peter Mawhorter
Phil Ogden (Drizzle Games)
Philippe Vincenti (nine dots studio)
Pierce McBride (@McBrideMusings)
Pierre-Olivier Macé
Pieter Visser (Gamelancer)
Pim Coumans (pixelrock)
Quinten Lansu (Bigpoint GmbH)
Rachel Presser, Sonic Toad Consulting
Rami Ismail (Vlambeer)
Randi Lee Harper
Raul Portales
Rebeccah Cox
Renaud Marshall (@renauddmarshall)
Richard Atlas (Clever Endeavour Games)
Richard Flanagan (phosfiend systems)
Richard Grillotti (Pixeljam)
Rob (The Future Of Videogames)
Rob Buchheit (Nectar Game Studios)
Robbie Fraser (QCF Design)
Robbie Lennon (Riyo)
Robert Curry (Dinosaur Polo Club)
Robin Neal
Roc Ramon
Rodrigo Reyes
Roel Zwakman (Robotic Sarcasm)
Rosalind Chapman
Rosie Pringle (Junglemethod)
Ryan Atkinson
Ryan Blinsky (Valkyrie Entertainment)
Ryan Brogan
Ryan Dunnison (East Side Games)
Ryan Jones(AvRGaming)
Ryan Miller (Reptoid Games)
Ryan Pergent
Ryan Roth
Ryan Schmidt
Ryuno (Vine LLC)
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Salim Larochelle (Flying Carpets Games)
Salman Shurie (Independent/Spottish)
Sam Cross (Guru Arcade)
Samantha Kalman (Timbre Interactive)
Samson Jinks (@SamsonJinks)
Samuel Boucher (KO_OP)
Samuel Loretan
Santiago Gulias
Sarah Imrisek
Sarah Searington
Scott Hammack (Telltale Games)
Sean Austin
Sergio Garces
Sergio Tomas (Disruption Games)
Seth Rosen (Hangar 13, Short for a Knight)
Shawn Beck
Shawn Halwes (Ragtag Studio)
Sheila Porter
Simon Canbäck
Simon Plumaj (Mode 7, LLC)
Simone Livieri (Aiming)
Skjalg S. Mæhre (Megapop)
Solveig Møster (TripleRam Games)
Soraya Een Hajji (Extra Credits)
Squinky (UC Santa Cruz/Independent)
Stefan Bock
Stephane Beniak (Double Stallion Games)
Steve Gaynor (Fullbright)
Steve Hunt (Cold Beam Games)
Steven Lumpkin
Stevepunk
Stew Wilson
Sybil Collas
Tadhg Kelly (Tadhg Kelly Game Design)
Tamás Vizvári (Otterworks)
Tank Thunderbird
Tanya Short (Kitfox Games)
Taylor Bai-Woo
Thaddaeus Frogley (Boss Alien)
Tiago Raposo
Tim Aidley
Tim Keenan (Misfits Attic)
Tim McLennan
Tim Miller (Rocket 5 Studios)
Tim Stoddard
Timothy Locke
Titus Tay
Tom Burridge
Tom Cramer
Tommy Hoffmann
Tonia Laird
Travis McDougald (Vanguard Chaos Gaming Inc)
Tray Epperly
Trevor Klein
Trick Dempsey
Tristin Hightower
Troy Humphreys (Turtle Rock Studios)
Tudor Nita (Gameloft)
Tuuli Saarinen
Victoria Earl
Vince (EyewareInteractive)
Vitor Jesus
William Armstrong
Will Emigh (Studio Cypher)
Yanni Fyssas (FuzzyWuzzy Games)
Yannick Massa
Yossi Horowitz (WayForward)
Yousef Amar
Yukio Tanaka (Kenzan Technologies)
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Zachary Mark (Army Game Studio)
Zack Licastro
Ziad Antar (Antarsoft)


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