Tag Archives: big huge games
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 | 22:06 GMT
Curt Schilling, former head of 38 Stuios, believes that the company which purchases the Kingdoms of Amalur IP in the upcoming auction, will have a “billion dollar” franchise on its hands.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 | 22:32 GMT
The upcoming auction of assets belonging to shuttered developer 38 Studios, including the Kingdoms of Amalur IP and unfinished MMO Copernicus, has attracted expressions of interest from several games companies, according to auction organisers.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 | 19:47 GMT
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 | 22:07 BST
Depositions in the 38 Studios lawsuit brought upon the company by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) stated this week. The first set of questioning started Thursday with an executive at First Southwest, which served as financial adviser to the agency in its $75 million loan to Curt Schilling’s now defunct game studio. Former EDC executive director Keith Stokes and deputy director Michael Saul are set to be questioned in November. A lawsuit accusing the Kingdoms of Amalur developer of “fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, racketeering and conspiracy” as well as misleading Rhode Island’s economic development agency was brought against the company by the state, with other defendants including four former 38 Studios executives and its insurer. Via The Charlotte Observer (Polygon).
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 | 02:44 GMT
Former RIEDC head accuses Rhode Island governor of blocking 38 Studios’ attempts to avoid bankruptcy
The former head of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation has accused Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee of blocking attempts made by 38 Studios to handle debt and raise capital before it file for bankruptcy.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 | 11:09 BST
After its ignominious closure in May, the auction of 38 Studios’ assets has finally been set for November 14-15. Up for grabs will be IP rights to the ‘Amalur’ universe, including the right to produce sequels to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and the unreleased MMO known as Project Copernicus. Big Huge Games’ entire back catalogue will also be for sale.
Wed, Jun 05, 2013 | 23:12 BST
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 | 19:28 BST
The next Mass Effect game has had new members added to its development team, according to a Superannuation report on Kotaku. The members are ex- Big Huge Games and Impossible Studios staffers, who have now moved on to BioWare Montreal. The report also notes that Colin Campbell is now head of the new Mass Effect’s level design team and Ian Frazier is now its lead gameplay designer. Head through the link for more information.
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 | 00:33 BST
The first batch of assets from shuttered developers 38 Studios and Big Huge Games went on auction this week and drew in $180,000 for the benefit of creditors. Polygon reports auctioneers described the final figure as “robust” and considered the auction to have been well-attended both in-person and online. It’s the first of three planned sell-offs to help recover some of the company’s debts; the most interesting one, scheduled for about three months, will offer the developers’ intellectual property; whoever snaffles that could well get behind a Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sequel or MMO Copernicus.
Fri, Oct 05, 2012 | 05:39 BST
According to a Boston Globe report, founder Curt Schilling is in financial difficulties following the insolvency of 38 Studios. Schilling stood as guarantor for “millions” in loans to start and run the developer, and his personal belongings, including valuable baseball memorabilia from his career as a Major Leagues pitcher, are among collateral pledged to his creditors. If you’re a baseball geek you’ll be interested to learn this collection includes the infamous “bloody sock” from the 2004 World Series. For everyone else, there’s this Kotaku article explaining its significance. 38 Studios went bust in May; track the whole sorry story here.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 | 22:52 BST
Thu, Aug 09, 2012 | 04:46 BST
A judge awarded all assets belonging to the now-defunct 38 Studios to the State of Rhode Island and the Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company.
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 | 02:19 BST
Financial documents allegedly show Kingdoms of Amalur developer 38 Studios spending huge money without a guaranteed source of revenue on its way to apparently inevitable collapse.
Tue, Jul 24, 2012 | 17:13 BST
In a revealing interview, 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling said a sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur: reckoning nearly made it off the ground – but MMO Project Copernicus was less solid.
Fri, Jul 13, 2012 | 15:29 BST
EA labels president Frank Gibeau has said hopes a sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be made, and that EA would “love” to the publishing partner.
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 | 04:31 BST
Head on over to Gamasutra to read a personal account of a family affected by the closure of 38 Studios. The anonymously published but reportedly verified account exposes some dodgy treatment of staff including broken promises, long hours, poor information flow and even some shady-sounding contractual details which may leave the author with a poor credit rating. The story of the Kingdoms of Amalur developer’s shut down is a complicated and unhappy one indeed, with suggestions the company was sold out by Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chaffee. Hopefully affected staff are as fortunate as the new team at Epic Baltimore.
Fri, Jun 08, 2012 | 01:15 BST
Despite wholesale hires of the Big Huge Games team, Epic doesn’t look likely to back a sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
Thu, Jun 07, 2012 | 19:39 BST
Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios has declared bankruptcy, amid Rhode Island and federal authorities opening an investigation into finances at the firm were handled. According to a report on The Providence Journal, the state police, as well as the state attorney general’s office, the US Attorney’s office and the FBI are investigating where “both the money that came from the state as well as the money that came from Bank Rhode Island,” went as well as “ctivities that have recently come to light at 38 Studios.” More on Joystiq
Wed, Jun 06, 2012 | 13:37 BST
Trion CEO Lars Butler is of the opinion 38 Studios’ downfall was caused by more than financial issues, and BioWare’s SWTOR suffers from the lack of content.
Mon, Jun 04, 2012 | 00:17 BST
Epic Games has reached out to the bulk of former Big Huge Games staffers in an attempt to rescue as much of the team as posible.