Ubisoft Under Fire for HitRecord Partnership on Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch Dogs Legion will contain fan-created songs

Ubisoft and HitRecord are partnering up to get your music in Watch Dogs: Legion

From there, any HitRecord user can contribute to the project in any way they can. Stop exploiting fans and hobbyists while devaluing the work of those with the gall to actually expect consistent payment for work done.

"Watch Dogs: Legion" releases March 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC and Google Stadia. $2,000 (£1600) will be awarded for each track that makes the cut, split between the people whose "contribution is in the final version that's in the game".

Among these critics include indie developer Mike Bithell, Cadence of Hyrule composer Danny Baranowski, Reigns: Game of Thrones composer Ryan Ike, Neo Cab narrative designer Bruno Dias, former RuneScape developer James Sweatman, and the Los Angeles chapter of Game Workers Unite, which has gone so far as to call this offer "disgusting".

The Watch Dogs HitRecord page is a little bit vague on actual details, but says that the songs "will be created throughout July, August and September, and will be finalized in the fall of 2019".

The post features a description to artists saying, "Whether you're a musical composer, writer, singer, player, or someone with big ideas and a lot of passion.we are super excited to hear your music composition".

"And Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord community, set up by the "3rd Rock from the Sun", "The Dark Knight Rises" and "(500) Days of Summer" actor, is the conduit to recruit composers, musicians, vocalists, remixers and producers for the game itself. "Commission those whose work fits and pay them to produce work, you know, like you would with any other worker".

"I am still not a fan of what read as "spec work under a proprietary open, non-exclusive license" model, & prefer the "pay someone to browse SoundCloud to find cool music for which you then talk to the creator & pay them too", added Vlambeer's Rami Ismail". At the time, Gordon-Levitt expressed regret over how HitRecord's structure was communicated. "It's not at all how I think of our community's creative process".

HitRecord previously partnered with Ubisoft for a similar user-generated content program for Beyond Good & Evil 2.

HitRecord is working with Ubisoft again.

Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.

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