DOOM Eternal composer Mick Gordon recently blew the lid open on alleged mistreatment, unpaid work and abuse that took place during his time at id Software while working on the game’s soundtrack. Gordon specifically mentions id Software director Marty Stratton as the perpetrator after Stratton published a statement following the game’s release essentially pinning all the blame for the shoddy state of DOOM Eternal‘s score entirely on him. Now, Bethesda has responded to Gordon’s allegations, calling them a “distortion of the truth.”
Bethesda published a statement on social media replying to Mick Gordon’s recent 14,000-word statement that claimed he was mistreated, forced into crunch and underpaid in addition to having his music butchered. His statement’s allegations were pointed at Stratton and not id Software as a whole. In fact, Gordon urged fans not to harass or threaten id Software or its developers as his qualms were with Stratton alone.
Publisher Bethesda called all of Gordon’s allegations a “distortion of the truth” and claimed to have documents and evidence that can counter his, saying that it’s willing to disclose this evidence “in an appropriate venue as needed.” The publisher begins its statement by saying Gordon misrepresented id Software:
“The recent post by Mick Gordon both mischaracterized and misrepresented the team at id Software, the development of DOOM Eternal, Marty Stratton, and Chad Mossholder with a one-sided and unjust account of an irreparable professional relationship. We are aware of all the details and history in this matter and unequivocally support Marty, Chad, and the team at id Software. We reject the distortion of the truth and selective presentation of incomplete ‘facts.’ We stand ready with full and complete documented evidence to disclose in an appropriate venue as needed.”
Bethesda concludes by telling fans not to jump to conclusions based on Gordon’s account:
“The statements posted online have incited harassment and threats of violence against Marty, Chad, and the id Software team. Any threats or harassment directed towards members of our teams will be met with swift and appropriate action to protect their health and safety. We remain incredibly proud of id’s previous collaborations with Mick Gordon and ask that fans refrain from reaching conclusions based on his account and, more importantly, from attacking any of the individuals mentioned on either side, including Marty, Chad, or Mick.”
Fans are on the side of Gordon, who are calling for the composer to receive justice. We will continue covering the story as it unfolds.