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 Gas Powered Games Hit With Huge Layoffs - briefly
(hx) 07:20 AM EST - Jan,19 2013
Just a few days after launching their Wildman Kickstarter, Gas Powered Games has laid off 40 people. The company is still alive but operating on a skeleton crew and Chris Taylor is debating on whether or not to cancel their Kickstarter. WTF.
Taylor has made a lengthy statement via a video update to the Wildman Kickstarter page. He explains the reasoning behind the timing of the layoffs: If the company ran through the entire Kickstarter campaign and it failed, he says he'd have to let everyone go, shut the company down, and not give any paid time-off or severance. "That," he says, "I decided was not worth it."

In the video, Taylor goes on to ask backers if he should continue the Kickstarter campaign. "Now that the team has been laid off," he says, "should I continue the campaign to see if the numbers do improve, and hire them back at the end of the campaign if they still want to come back and if they haven't found jobs? Or do I shut the campaign down tonight, or tomorrow, and call it done?" Taylor then asks people to vote with their comments, and says they will tabulate them. "Do we kill the campaign, or do we keep it going? It's up to you."

last 10 comments:
Csimbi(08:25 AM EST - Jan,19 2013 )
Well, they have not released a decent game for years. Without income it's hard to pay employees, no doubt.
What I don't understand is: why did they stop making games while they still had the money?
They made quite a few good titles.

Stumpus(09:11 AM EST - Jan,20 2013 )
Very good article in pc gamer (feb) the making of supreme commander.

heretic(09:13 AM EST - Jan,20 2013 )
FYI,

Dungeon Siege 2002 PC, MAC
Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna 2003 PC
Dungeon Siege II 2005 PC
Dungeon Siege II: Broken World 2006 PC
Supreme Commander 2007 PC, Xbox 360
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance 2007 PC
Space Siege 2008 PC
Demigod 2009 PC
Supreme Commander 2 2010 PC, Xbox 360
Age of Empires Online 2011 - 2012 PC -< IMO THEY LOST LOTS OF MONEY HERE
Kings and Castles "On Hold" ?
Wildman In development PC

Csimbi(09:18 AM EST - Jan,20 2013 )
Thanks for that list! Nothing since 2010!

Tom(09:50 AM EST - Jan,21 2013 )
Not enough games = Out of Business.

Csimbi(05:15 PM EST - Jan,21 2013 )
Precisely. Companies come and go for the same reason every day.
So, I am not sure why it made it to the news other than 'GPG was a fairly good game studio, it will be sorely missed'.

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