Gas Powered Games suffered a bout of lay-offs last week following the poor initial reaction to its Wildman Kickstarter campaign. Studio boss and founder Chris Taylor has taken to a Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ to discuss how the company has entered into such troubling financial times.
Taylor was posed this very question, to which he responded, “GPG is in a very interesting situation, as we had enough money to get us through to the end of the campaign. What became obvious by day 4, is that the campaign was going so poorly, there was no way it was going to happen.
“People argued this with me in the media a bit, saying it was too early to judge, but consider this, even with this weekend’s surge, we’re still not doing very well…Can you imagine what it would have looked like without the big push from the media covering the layoff?”
“I chose to lay folks off instead of gamble with their severance. Today some folks have come in, and completed paperwork, and have said they don’t want to stay and gamble it, so they are gone now. It’s an eyes wide open situation now… it’s their choice, and I feel good about that decision.
“Technically (legally) we weren’t allowed to take on volunteers, so what folks have done this week, is go back on payroll, and then forego their severance. It’s a good compromise because it’s their decision.”
It’s never nice to see a studio crumble in such a manner, but at th tie of writing the Wildman Kickstarter is sitting at $291,292
pledged of its $1,100,000 goal, with 24 days left on the ticker.
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