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#1163748 - 09/21/18 08:28 PM Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce - Updated!
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The end of Tell Tale Games is nearing. So sad. I wish they would have just stayed making 'Sam and Max' and 'WAllace and Grommit'. Those were such fun games!

***** Please READ HERE if you purchased games via the TellTale website. *****

You can read about it Here.

Ana sad


Edited by BrownEyedTigre (09/30/18 10:55 AM)
Edit Reason: updated download info
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#1163751 - 09/21/18 08:55 PM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thanks, Ana. I was just reading about this and was surprised and disappointed. I remember that they had some layoffs a while back, but somehow I thought they had recovered. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

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#1163752 - 09/21/18 09:13 PM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I don't think the new CEO did it any good. Too many extremely expensive licences to pay for.

Ana
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#1163754 - 09/21/18 09:27 PM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Well, that's a shame!

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#1163763 - 09/21/18 10:09 PM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Originally Posted By: BrownEyedTigre
The end of Tell Tale Games is nearing. So sad. I wish they would have just stayed making 'Sam and Max' and 'WAllace and Grommit'. Those were such fun games!

"Wallace and Grommit" and "Puzzle Agent" would be my favorites.
Their "Sam and Max" series was good too.
I didn't care for their version of Guybrush at all.
"Back to the Future: The Game" was not great but not bad either.

Their later games had QTE/choice-focussed gameplay that wasn't my idea of adventure, but I thought they were making those because people who didn't like the more "classic" adventure games liked them and that they were making money off them.

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#1163766 - 09/21/18 10:57 PM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I forgot Puzzle Agent, those are my three favorites as well.
I did not care for Back to the future as much.

I have not had any interest in the latest offerings at all, but i thought others did. Apparently they lost money on all except the first season of the WAlking Dead. frown
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#1163770 - 09/21/18 11:35 PM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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They also got sued by their former CEO
https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/15/17467166/telltale-lawsuit-kevin-bruner

Also according to the Verge
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Staff were informed of the layoffs today and were given roughly 30 minutes to leave the building, according to one source.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/21/17888162/telltale-games-layoffs-the-walking-dead

None of the employees who were fired received severance pay.
Very sad for those employees and fans of their games.

25 employees remaining to finish up a game for Netflix.
https://www.usgamer.net/articles/report-...things-canceled

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#1163771 - 09/21/18 11:59 PM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Yup, read tons of articles. Lots of tweets too from employees. It's shaking up lots of developers too.
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#1163773 - 09/22/18 12:21 AM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I never played and don't have Wallace and Grommit or Back to the Future. I do have the Puzzle Agent games but haven't played them yet. I did enjoy Sam and Max quite a bit though.

I have also purchased some of the other games (Walking Dead, Batman, something else) but haven't tried playing them yet. I bought them fairly cheap as I know they are not exactly my type of game. I did not purchase the last season of Walking Dead since it was not cheap enough for me and now they are saying it will not be completed. I wonder how that's going to go over with people.

It is terrible that there was no notice given to the employees. That's the pits!!!

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#1163774 - 09/22/18 12:26 AM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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cry cry cry

The Walking Dead Season 4 was shaping up to be one of their best games and was my personal game of the year so far. I really hope they can at least finish this, but it doesn't sound good. That's terrible news regarding their employees as well. sad
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#1163791 - 09/22/18 09:22 AM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: venus]
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A very sad state of affairs sad
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#1163857 - 09/23/18 09:30 AM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I went to the site to download the games I bought while I still can, I'll probably copy them to discs. I played most of them already but I should keep copies in case I want a repeat.
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#1163933 - 09/23/18 09:39 PM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Wow, I feel for the developers who were kicked to the curb due to what sounds like an out of control business model. That really hurts when you dump all your creativity and skill into a project and then end up getting the short end of the stick. frown
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#1163936 - 09/23/18 10:26 PM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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While I wasn't a big fan of the Tell Tale games, I've always thought that they've had an exceptionally talented crew. "Were given roughly 30 minutes to leave the building" and no severance pay sounds extremely harsh. They deserve much better than this. It's not particularly inspiring for the remaining developers working on the Minecraft game either.

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#1163937 - 09/23/18 10:34 PM Re: Tell Tale Games Lays Off 90% of Workforce [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Yes, they certainly did deserve better than that!
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