38 Studios & Big Huge Games’ staff were rocked last week when the companies closed down amid financial and political turmoil after being unable to pay back various loans. It was also revealed that staff had gone unpaid and money they had been promised didn’t exist.
Epic Games President, Dr Michael Capps, released a letter which states the company will look to hire former members of staff, after the former staff contacted Epic Games. You can read an excerpt below.
On Wednesday, the ex-BHG leadership team contacted us. They wanted to start a new company and keep together some of the key talent displaced by the layoff, and hoped that they could use an Epic IP as a starting point for a new game. We loved that they all wanted to keep working together, but it was pretty clear they’d have trouble building a demo and securing funding before their personal savings ran out.
In one of life’s coincidences, Epic’s directors had spent the morning discussing how we’d love to build even more successful projects with our growing team, but that we’d need a dramatic infusion of top talent to do so. Which, we all knew, was impossible.
So now we’re planning to start an impossible studio in Baltimore. :)
It’ll take a while to find space, set up desks and PCs, purchase sufficient Nerf weaponry and Dr. Pepper, etc. But some of these folks have been going too long without a paycheck to wait for that. So, as soon as we can, we’re going to try to get people working down here at Epic headquarters in Cary, NC as contractors.
There’s a million things to work out. How many of the team can we hire? What will it be called? What will they be working on? We don’t know all the answers yet. Please give us some time to figure it out; we hope to have more to share soon.”
As well Epic Games, Zenimax Online, Zynga East and other development studios will also look to hire former 38 Studios and Big Huge Games staff. It’s great to see the industry rallying around those who were affected and it’ll be interesting to see what new ideas these relationships will produce.
Source: All Games Beta