Telltale Cuts 90 Staff

Telltale Cuts 90 Staff

Developer Telltale – better known for their narrative-driven episodic games like The Walking Dead, and Batman – has cut 90 people, or about 25-percent of its staff.

“The decision is designed to make the company, a leader in player-driven narrative games, more competitive as a developer and publisher of groundbreaking story-driven gaming experiences with an emphasis on high quality in the years ahead,” Telltale said in a press release, via Kotaku. “These changes are not expected to impact the release of any of the company’s previously announced projects.”

"Our industry has shifted in tremendous ways over the past few years. The realities of the environment we face moving forward demand we evolve, as well, reorienting our organization with a focus on delivering fewer, better games with a smaller team," said Telltale Games CEO Pete Hawley, via GamesIndustry.biz.

Following the popularity of 2012’s The Walking Dead series, Telltale grew in size to tackle other licensed projects. This has included Batman, Borderlands, and even Minecraft.



 

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Comments Comments (13)

 
Posted by Bank
On Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 9:15 AM
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Wow. Just.

I didn't even know they had 90 staff. My condolences to everyone involved :/
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 9:30 AM
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Oh wow.

I wonder if this means they're going back to making one major game at a time rather than a couple at a time its the only thing I can understand that press release to mean.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 9:34 AM
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The staff will remember this
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 9:38 AM
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8 November 2017, 09:34 AM Reply to Paorio
The staff will remember this
Best comment ever.

I'm worried this means they won't Have the resources to fix the fundamental telltale game issues.
 
 
 
Posted by Unfathomable-Ruination
On Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 9:45 AM
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8 November 2017, 09:34 AM Reply to Paorio
The staff will remember this
lol, have an upvote!
 
 
 
Posted by CoffeeAddict
On Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 9:49 AM
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Is it me or is there more than normal closures and redundancies in the game industry this year? Always brutal in the run up to Christmas, hopefully those affected will fall in their feet soon.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 4:03 PM
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8 November 2017, 09:49 AM Reply to CoffeeAddict
Is it me or is there more than normal closures and redundancies in the game industry this year? Always brutal in the run up to Christmas, hopefully those affected will fall in their feet soon.
Hope it leads to a branching effect where we get more studios developing more, higher quality games to choose from
 
 
 
Posted by ironfist92
On Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 5:07 PM
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8 November 2017, 09:49 AM Reply to CoffeeAddict
Is it me or is there more than normal closures and redundancies in the game industry this year? Always brutal in the run up to Christmas, hopefully those affected will fall in their feet soon.
Games industry has been very cutthroat in the past decade.
 
 
 
Posted by Unfathomable-Ruination
On Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 7:01 PM
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8 November 2017, 09:15 AM Reply to Bank
Wow. Just.

I didn't even know they had 90 staff. My condolences to everyone involved :/
Had no idea either. Just looked it up, and that's only 25% off the staff. I say only, but still, that's horrible for those 25%
 
 
 
Posted by Unfathomable-Ruination
On Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 7:02 PM
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8 November 2017, 09:49 AM Reply to CoffeeAddict
Is it me or is there more than normal closures and redundancies in the game industry this year? Always brutal in the run up to Christmas, hopefully those affected will fall in their feet soon.
Sadly, it's not just the gaming sector. I'm not sure why companies choose this time of year.
 
 
 
Posted by BigC
On Friday 10 Nov 2017 1:42 PM
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8 November 2017, 07:02 PM Reply to Unfathomable-Ruination
Sadly, it's not just the gaming sector. I'm not sure why companies choose this time of year.
*sees envelope on desk. Oh sweet, a Christmas bonus!

The bonus is you will have a lot of free time over Christmas.

Something similar happened at my workplace last year. Pretty horrible stuff.
 
 
 
Posted by jamesjiao
On Friday 10 Nov 2017 2:49 PM
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Their games are ok, though for some reason, for games that are graphically simple, they lag like hell.
 
 
 
Posted by tnt2014nz
On Saturday 11 Nov 2017 5:01 PM
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It was awesome to see the studios offering to take the affected staff! So proud of the community