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Telltale Games Lays Off a Majority of Employees

By Muhammad Bilal Syahrir

Telltale Games announced that it had dismissed a majority of their employees, only leaving 25 behind. Why would the company do that? What happened?


Telltale Games announced that it had dismissed a majority its employees, only leaving 25 behind. Why would the company do that? What happened? Find the answer in the article below.

The news cam arose on September 21st. At first, most people were waiting for confirmation for Telltale Games, not wanting to believe. But then, CEO Pete Hawley through Telltale Games’ Twitter account, state an announcement which reads:

“Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners.”

“We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales,” he said, hinting at reports that bankruptcy played a part in the decision to close.

Telltale co-founder Kevin Bruner, who left the company a year and a half ago, also published a blog post discussing the layoffs.

“Today, I’m mostly saddened for the people who are losing their jobs at a studio they love,” he wrote. “And I’m also saddened at the loss of a studio that green-lit crazy ideas that no one else would consider. I’m comforted a bit knowing there are now so many new talented people and studios creating games in the evolving narrative genre.”

Telltale Games Lays Off A Majority of Employees

It’s also spread amongst the internet that many of the sacked employees claimed that Telltale Games was unfair. According to VG247, a former employee recently sued them for breaking labor laws.

In short, the employee claimed that he had the right to know at a minimum of 60 days before his layoff. Based on the American WARN Act Law, a reduction of 50 or more employees within a 30-day period (if the total comprises at least one-third of the company’s workforce), or any layoff of 500 or more workers.

This means that Telltale Games has the obligation to give health benefits to employees until the end of September.

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Despite all of that, the team is still keeping 25 of their employees to wrap up the Walking Dead: The Final Season game which recently has launched. However, because of the layoff issue, the game has been labeled with many controversies.

Telltale Games itself was founded in 2004 and spent nearly 15 years popularizing the choice-based, story-heavy adventure game genre. The studio was built from LucasArts, another studio that led the way in making games storytelling.

Edited by Devi

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