NetDevil Layoffs?

Developer NetDevil "suffered crippling layoffs last night," reports Eurogamer, saying this news comes by way of "multiple reports," including Facebook updates and a blog update from animator Toby Cochran. The reports are not confirmed by NetDevil or their owner Gazillion Entertainment, but things sound dire, as they say there's an image of a tombstone circulating on Facebook inscribed with: "NetDevil RIP October 1997-Feb 2011." Here's word from Cochran's blog: "Unfortunately a lot of talented folks lost their jobs as we have found out on Facebook! I personally think it's pretty terrible to find news out that way and not to be correctly notified. We all were receiving phone calls tonight and I just got mine about 2 hrs ago. From what we've been told a handful of artists will be kept on board and continue working on Lego Universe. But at the moment that will be a very, VERY small team. As the count continues to rise on FB, they've cut over 20 people."
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Mar 24, 2011, 18:06
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Mar 24, 2011, 18:06
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 24, 2011, 10:19:
A lot of talented people? Well wouldn't their games be successes making a lot of money which would ensure them not being laid off?

Financial success of a game has so very little to do with the talent of people working on them. Success of a development studio even less so.

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Feb 24, 2011, 13:25
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Feb 24, 2011, 13:25
 
Sucks to be those guys.
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Feb 24, 2011, 13:04
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Feb 24, 2011, 13:04
 
goodbye Jumpgate Evolution

Once again the cruel winds of fate ensure Elven supremacy in the mmo market, disallowing even the smallest hint of an mmo not having a race with pointy ears *sigh*

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Feb 24, 2011, 11:26
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Feb 24, 2011, 11:26
 
Next up... NC Soft and Cryptic.. the 3-headed hydra of pure MMO suck.

(aside from the spin off that made GW/is making GW2)
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Feb 24, 2011, 11:05
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Feb 24, 2011, 11:05
 
Unfortunately talent doesn't rise to the top where in most cases, the decisions are made as to whether a game will be successful or not. If you had any clue you'd know that.
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Feb 24, 2011, 10:48
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Feb 24, 2011, 10:48
 
So they've kept "artists" to work on Lego Universe? Wow, never would've thought that Lego Universe would be the first completely bug-free game.

RIP NetDevil.

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Feb 24, 2011, 10:19
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A lot of talented people? Well wouldn't their games be successes making a lot of money which would ensure them not being laid off?
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