Clarification on the relationship between Chucklefish and Stardew Valley

Hi everyone,

This is Eric Barone (aka ConcernedApe), creator of Stardew Valley.

I am aware of the news and social media reports that Chucklefish allegedly engaged in unfair and potentially abusive labor practices during development of their game, Starbound. I feel the need to address this situation because the connection between Chucklefish and Stardew Valley, as well as the degree to which Chucklefish was involved in the creation of the game,  has been a source of confusion for many people . So I’d like to clarify a couple of things.

Throughout the 4.5 years of development, I was the only person to work on Stardew Valley. Neither Chucklefish nor any contributors working with Chucklefish were involved in creating the game, in any capacity.

For the multiplayer update, which came out on PC 2.5 years after the game first launched, a Chucklefish employee did create the multiplayer net-code, but that was the only case where Chucklefish was directly involved in development of the game.

Beyond that, Chucklefish has served only as publisher, which means that they handled the business and marketing side of things, as well as contracting the localizations, console & mobile ports to 3rd-party companies. Since December of last year, I’ve moved to self-publishing on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox, and PSVita… Chucklefish is no longer publishing the game on those platforms.

I can also say that, both personally and in my capacity as the recent founder of a small team, I believe in compensating developers for their contributions in working on games.



  • Good to hear, and I’m sure you’ll be a great manager. You of all people would know the value of a developer’s time, so I have no worries about that. Do you think you’ll work with Chucklefish in the future?

  • Deus Vitae

    Love your work sir! Can’t wait for more character updates (babies growing up, spouse stuff, etc)

    • Berat Yilmaz

      Me too !!!!!! I cant wait for these.

  • Bjørn-Magnus Skår

    I’m very sorry if you’ve been dragged into this mess, your game is amazing and doesn’t deserve any of the backlash Chucklefish has had because of Their CEO. I really love all that you’ve done and I’m looking forward to Your next project 🙂

  • Lady Lucins

    Anyone worth their salt should be able to see you had nothing to do with all that.

    Your game is wonderful – you are wonderful! It helped me through some very hard times in Summer 2016.

    Cannot wait for 1.4 – I’m literally checking for release info every day!

    Lady Lucins x

  • Auztron

    You dont have to explain to everyone loves you and your game its not about them its about your growth as a game dev keep working hard and go ahead and publish multiplayer for xbox and PS4 please im excited.

  • Tom B

    So French version on Nintendo Switch will never exist ?
    (sorry for my bad English, I’m French. And this is the reason to have French version lol)

  • Ordnave 皮肉な

    I really know how long the console upgrade joke will last

    • PROFY

      It’s gonna last until console gets the same version as pc

  • Alex91

    And you have news for a French Version on Switch ?

  • Charlotte Gavin

    So I think we just want to know when multiplayer will be available for the Xbox One and PS4

    • Joseph Williams

      I know right been taking longer than anyone wanted but I understand if only one person has been working on the game till now

      • Maikon Garcia

        CA was never responsible for Port, Chucklefish handled it as a publisher, now he hired Sickhead

  • Drew Allison

    I’m proud of you for standing up against unfair compensation for those working on games because it seems to unfortunately happen way to often with developers. I love Stardew Valley, and so do many of my friends! <3 Keep up the great work!

  • Thank you for posting a statement, I was wondering what the situation was. Thanks for being a cool person. Kind Regards

  • Matt

    So, what you are saying is…. you are releasing the next update today?

  • Paul McLellan

    Genius game developer *and* a stand up guy. You’re my hero.

  • Agung

    Can you add indonesian language, please?

  • Dear Eric. I think you’re a very intuitive person, and as so you’re guiding yourself pretty well. You got out at the right time. I feel that self-publishing will allow you to open new doors. And as a staff leader you now have a chance to do different. I can’t wait to see what you’ll be creating!

  • Braeden Gentry

    When will the xbox one update be released?

  • Lyra Black

    <3 I understand and support all you do. You inspired me to make my own games. 🙂

  • Nikolai

    Any news on multiplayer on console?

  • Joshua A Brinkerhoff

    I would know when the update for console would be. I’ve searched and searched the website for any bite of an updated statement, but haven’t found anything besides the one stating there were a few issues and it’ll be out soon. Hopefully it’ll be out soon!

  • Scarlett Tbl

    please for god sake add the french version, why does it takes so loooong ERIC
    w/love, – Scarlett

  • Joshua A Brinkerhoff

    It’s available now!

    • Maikon Garcia

      Just for PS4

  • Joshua A Brinkerhoff

    Yay! Multiplayer on console!! Thanks so much for all your hard work!

  • Dude you’re an aweome guy, you replied to something i asked you on twitter once and it made me feel special that someone important took the time to read what i said and comment back. Keep up the good work on the game, thansk for the clarification, looking forward to your next one!

  • George Pearson

    thiss update is taking to long its veen over a year

    • Kirby Joe

      You can tell from his tweets that Concearned Ape is basically waiting for the Xbox and PS ports to get certified before he releases the next update. My guess is he doesn’t want to deal with the shit show the internet would throw if he launched the new update when the last one wasn’t finished on some platforms even though it’s 3rd party developers that are responsible for it. So we basically have to hope Microsoft certifies the xbox update sometime soon.

  • IEatTurtles

    none of my friends play stardew valley on the ps4 so i think you should make it so you can join none-friend servers also

  • supernet2

    Love the game. I initially thought you were apart of the shit show that was chucklefish with their conning devs out of their hard work, or integrating mods as their own after tweaking said mods. Glad to hear this is a game entirely free of such absurdities