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Report – Team Bondi assets and IP sold to KMM

Tuesday, 9th August 2011 15:41 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Assets and IPs belonging to Team Bondi has been sold off, according to Develop.

It comes as it was rumoured last week it had gone bankrupt.

The site reports that game IP and assets from the Sydney studio have been sold off to KMM (Kennedy Miller Mitchell), who were rumoured last week to have acquired the developer.

It also claims that all Team Bondi staff have been given offers to jobs at KMM, with head Brendan McNamara offering a role at KMM or a severance package.

LA Noire will be unaffected either way, though: Rockstar owns the IP, with Rockstar Leeds developing the upcoming PC version.

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  1. StolenGlory

    “LA Noire will be unaffected either way, though: Rockstar owns the IP, with Rockstar Leeds developing the upcoming PS3 version.”

    The PC version you mean? :P

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Bluebird

    You mean PC version, no? :)

    Edit: Too slow!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    “developing the upcoming PS3 version”

    LA NOIRE 2 exclusive to PS3 confirmed ONLY on VG247

    :D

    #3 3 years ago
  4. NeoSquall

    *The upcoming PC version, you mean :P

    Also, I wouoldn’t work anymore with McNamara if I was one of the Team Bondi staffer :\

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Fin

    Why is there no official information on this? Seems be all report/rumour/speculation.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @4: Looks like they have to. Appearently he has been sighted at a new studio and ex-team bondi members are afraid.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Yoshi

    Quite sad really, I suppose the tech must have cost a bomb to create so for a starter game it wasn’t the best.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. NeoSquall

    @6 They’ve been offered jobs, they can refuse it and search a job elsewhere.

    Unless McNamara burns their cars and threatens their families…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Ah, for shame. Good luck, guys.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. KrazyKraut

    THEY DESERVE IT!!!

    I had a lot of jobs during my school time. And I had never problems when the work was hard…but 2 things I always wanted (or gtfo): 1. paid overtimes 2. my cash on schedule

    #10 3 years ago
  11. NeoSquall

    @10 can I add 3. my boss not being a dick?

    #11 3 years ago
  12. loki

    RIP, Team Bondi killed by greed of Rockstar
    Rockstar, make more PC ports and you will met bankrupt too

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Fin

    @12

    It’s not Rockstar, you idiot. Rockstar saved the project, McNamara did his level best to drive the thing into the ground.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    @8: No, you misunderstand, they are already working there.

    @12: We definitely should ban your stupid ass.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. NeoSquall

    @14 I don’t think so.

    “with head Brendan McNamara offering a role at KMM or a severance package.”
    in my country this means McNam is offering the ex Team Bondi staffers either a job at KMM or a severance package, which may include either a fair treatment or, as we are coming to know the man, a horse head.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Phoenixblight

    Dunno why people are hammering McNamara obviously it wasn’t that bad if majority of the team stayed and worked on LA Noire. Yes a few people had issues and yes McNamara is a dick but it obviously wasn’t that bad. THis shit goes on when you get in the entertainment business. The person as a Developer has to see if its worth busting their ass or if they should look for other work. Now all those people that had worked for Team Bondi have a far better chance of getting a job in another studio than the people who left because it was hard especially since they are whistle blowers.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. YoungZer0

    @15: Just read this:

    http://kotaku.com/5827579/nobody-wants-to-work-with-la-noires-developers-forced-into-merger

    @16: But the majority of the team didn’t stay, they left. Team Bondi was an open-air event.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight

    @17

    THey left after the game was made or during development? Even if they left during development they somehow made a great game. SO my point still stands either way.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @18: Your point was that it’s a great game?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    That it is a great game and did very well that anyone that worked and finished the game will get a job anywhere they want. Where the people who left will not because the industry weighs you as a developer based on FINISHED games. SInce they didn’t finish the game they are less likely to get a job with a big publisher or studio especially being whistle blowers.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. NeoSquall

    @17 I’ve read the article, and I see you haven’t quite understood my comment.

    By “ex Team Bondi staffers” I was referring to those that were working for the studio until it went bankrupt, not the one that left during development.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. YoungZer0

    @20: But nobody sat there from start to finish. You expect people to sit there doing overtime and working on weekends for 7 years? Nobody stayed longer than 2 years, you better believe that.

    After the true story about the development came out, there is actually a higher chance that these people get a job. Having said that, as someone who has actually read some articles about this topic, most of the ex-bondi-members would never want to work in the videogame industry again. Bald-Cockface sucked them dry.

    Sucked out their creative and passion. Don’t know what you guys think about that, but i have the deepest hate for people like this.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight

    @22
    “But nobody sat there from start to finish. You expect people to sit there doing overtime and working on weekends for 7 years? Nobody stayed longer than 2 years, you better believe that.”

    Have proof of that because the credits were filled with multiple people not just Brendan. And the contract states like the ex staff of Team Bondi has said that those people that left are not included on the credits. SO Who are those people?

    Rockstar had the same issue and the people who were having issues are still there. If you can pull numbers out and show that Team Bondi had a high turn over please show me. But right now you are just speculating like everyone else. If Mcnamara didn’t open his pie hole his compony would have been signed on to Rockstar.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. YoungZer0

    @23: People who joined the project in the last 2 years could end on the list without problems.

    Contract or not, it’s against the law not to include people who worked on the project into the list.

    We can continue this discussion if you read more about the subject, instead of relying on people to tell you everything.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Phoenixblight

    @24

    I have been reading the articles so I am not sure what you are commenting on. Its on the contract the people signed on to it. Its kind of a D’oh moment for them especially if they didn’t read it.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. YoungZer0

    @25: Doesn’t matter, if it’s against the law, it’s against the law. It was mentioned in the articles. I thought you read them?

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Phoenixblight

    Yeah I did read them but noobsauces still signed on the paperwork.

    Maybe you should read them even the lead programmer said that the conditions of the ex staffers were exaggerated.

    http://www.vg247.com/2011/07/14/heironymus-some-ex-staffers-who-left-years-ago-want-to-see-team-bondi-destroyed/

    #27 3 years ago
  28. YoungZer0

    @27: What don’t you understand about “against the law”? Contract can say whatever it wants, if it’s against the law, it’s worthless.

    http://www.develop-online.net/news/38113/Team-Bondi-interrogated-The-list-of-accusations

    http://www.develop-online.net/news/38112/Team-Bondi-dev-culture-hostile-and-brutal

    http://www.develop-online.net/news/38222/Team-Bondi-dev-challenges-crunch-accusations

    http://www.develop-online.net/news/38125/Industry-outrage-at-brutal-Team-Bondi-crunch

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Fin

    @28

    Against the law in which country?
    I don’t think it’s actually against the law anywhere, it’s just bad form.

    Not one of the articles you linked mentioned the law.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. YoungZer0

    @29: Australia, i think.

    Yes, the articles i posted didn’t mentioned the whole un-credited affair, i posted them mainly to keep Phoenixblight up to date. Anyway, i’ll look for the link tomorrow, need to catch some sleep.

    #30 3 years ago

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