According to an article on Gamasutra, subpoenas are going out to key people from 38 Studios and Rhode Island's legislature. The state's House of Oversight Committee has a new chair woman, Rep. Karen MacBeth, who has sent out subpoenas to 38 Studios founder Curt Schillings, former House Speaker Gordon Fox, former House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino and more to get to the bottom of the closure of 38 Studios and the loss of the $75 million loan from the state of Rhode Island. MacBeth said, "I would look to bring anybody that I think can give us answers. The state wants answers about what happened. I think it's my duty to get answers now."
This is for the best, even if the worst comes out of it. As of right now, the entire debacle has put a bad tint on local government working with game studios to establish the gaming industry within states, and getting some more solid answers may help fight against this misconception. At the very least, answers could be found and the right people held accountable, and that sounds pretty good to me.
Accounts of layoffs at Microsoft Studios are slowly leaking out. First spotted by IGN, tweets from two Microsoft employees have been spotted stating that each employee was laid off. Though the full extent of the layoffs has not been found out, Microsoft has released a small statement saying "we are always evaluating our development priorities, and there are times when decisions need to be made to realign plans and refocus our efforts."
This is just more layoffs in a year of layoffs. I wish the best for all who are let go and hope you find a job soon.
Amy Hennig has found a new place to work. Picked up by EA, Hennig will be working at Visceral Games on the next Star Wars game, according to a news brief released by Gamasutra.
This is great! Hennig is an amazing writer and has done some great work for Sony. Any gamers who do not own Sony devices should be excited to play some of her work when it releases.
And that's all. Kind of a slow news day. But here are some more links for some of the news stories today:
- Reaper of Souls sells over 2.7 million in its first week.
- The fight choreography for Winter Soldier is influenced by video games, according to Chris Evans.
- Apple announces date for this years WWDC.