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20 Studios We Lost in 2012

IGN: Every year we seem to lose some of our favorite games developers.

JadedXGamer1238d ago

More reasons why wanting to work in this industry is a bad idea.

Pushagree1238d ago

Yeah, that is why I gave up my dream of being a dev a long time ago. The big names in the industry right now have a monopoly on gaming and no new faces can get in because of that. As gaming costs rise, only the ones who have made enough money to pay for it will be the ones making games in the future. I can imagine a world of maybe 10 top devs in the next 20 years and there won't be much room for employment for them.

roadkillers1238d ago

I don't think so. Indie games are becoming huge and is welcome to anyone who knows how to design. Plus bigger studios would love to pick up some of this talent. Plus not all of these studios just died, they formed new companies. For example:

Hudson: From what I understand a lot of the employees moved to NDCube to make Mario Party games.

SpellBound Entertainment: They were refounded as Black Forest Games

Rockstar Vancouver: It even says in the article that they merged with another Rockstar company.

Big Huge Games: Says in the article that Epic is helping out former employees. *Nice to see bigger companies helping out smaller companies.

I think working video game business is more reliable than a lot of other jobs because of the fans. They enjoy something and want it to continue.

flyingmunky1238d ago

Another reason is that nearly every entry level position requires 1-3 years experience and work on another game. Basically getting in for test is the way to go but test pays less than 10 bucks an hour. Who wants to go to college for 4 years to make that?!

Then there is the instability of the industry to contend with as well as entire months of crunch time with 60 hour standard workweeks.

barb_wire1238d ago

Still can't believe Sony closed Sony Liverpool - dumb move that was.

iamnsuperman1238d ago (Edited 1238d ago )

I think it was a smart move. Why invest money in franchise or studio that isn't earning enough to warrant the time or money . Also wern't some of the staff being relocated to other UK studios. I know the London studio is meant to be working on something and the Cambridge studio is meant to be helping with the Killzone: Mercenary game. In comparison that studio wasn't doing as well compared to the others

NYC_Gamer1238d ago

The studio wasn't bringing in enough profit.Sony won't keep around dead weight it's too expensive.

Ben_Grimm1238d ago

Very sad.

And yes I agree with the posters above. Soon gaming companies will be like movie studios and only the big ones will be around only.