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38 Studios, Big Huge Games Lay Off Staffs

by on May 24, 2012

The unfortunate saga of 38 Studios and Big Huge Games has come to an end today.

The entire staff of 379 full-time employees were laid off, WPRI reports. The station received an internal memo that reads: “The Company is experiencing an economic downturn. To avoid further losses and possibility of retrenchment, the Company has decided that a companywide lay off is absolutely necessary. These layoffs are non-voluntary and non-disciplinary. This is your official notice of lay off, effective today, Thursday, May 24th, 2012.”

Right now, the games industry is helping to rally around the former employees, making a Google Doc with jobs listed in the industry for these employees to try and find a quick turnaround.

In other 38 Studios news, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee said that Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning “failed” to make the 3 million mark to break even, according to Joystiq. Studio head Curt Schilling said the game sold 1.22 million copies in 90 days.

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