Following several news stories popping up on the internet last week, it is now confirmed that 38 Studios and Big Huge Games has shut down. As a result of this, 400 employees will lose their jobs. 38 Studios, which recently released the action RPG title Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning could not avoid the fate that awaited it. The shutdown came as the company was piled under a debt of $75 million, which it took as loan back in 2010.
Developers and other personalities from across the video games industry took Twitter as their main platform to show support for those who lost their jobs today. Twitter hastag #38jobs quickly became the top trending hashtag as several people posted their prayers and support for the nearly 400 employees who are now unemployed. Some renowned companies showed their support by offering their job listing pages to the laid off staff. While some people were enraged at Schilling, several others praised him for completing the game even when he knew the company was in huge trouble. Here are some of the highlights from the tweets that followed after the studios officially announced its shut down.
The founder of 38 Studios, Curt Schilling thanked everyone who showed their support and prayers, and he wished all the best to the employees and their respective families.
The official Twitter page of Big Huge Games also thanked everyone for the huge support and hoped for the best for the former staff.
Amanda Cosmos, the senior quality assurance tester at irrational games showed support and offered a link to the company’s job listing page, revealing that developers are still needed for their latest title Bioshock Infinite.
Dana Cowley, senior public relations manager at EA also showed support and prayed for the laid off staff while also sharing a link to Epic Games careers page.
Several fans of the company also tweeted their best wishes for the former staff, hoping they end up in a good company and produce more titles like Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning.