After multiple posts from former developers as well as a statement on the studio’s own Twitter feed, Telltale Games–creators of games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Tales from the Borderlands–confirmed last Friday that the studio is undergoing a “majority studio closure”. Many sources say that around 250 employees have been laid off, including Emily Grace Buck in a thread she posted as it was happening. Only 25 employees remain to “fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners.”
It currently remains unclear whether or not Telltale Games will be officially closing, although it does seem to be heading in that direction. According to many former employees of Telltale Games, they were fired abruptly and without severance. For quite obvious reasons, former employees of the studio are not happy.
Now, when we’ve all lost our jobs, and Telltale is thinking of finishing projects without us, after not giving us severance… I realize they made fans believe it too. That Telltale was what was quality, not the devs actually making the games.
— Emily Grace Buck plz hire TTG devs! (@emilybuckshot) September 25, 2018
Re: I got laid off at Telltale
None of my sleepless nights or long hours on weekends trying to ship a game on time got me severance today. Don’t work overtime unless you’re paid for it, y’all. Protect your health. Companies don’t care about you.
— Brandon Cebenka (@Binkysaur) September 21, 2018
Despite all this, Telltale Games tweeted yesterday stating that they are actively looking for a solution to see The Final Season to completion. In the thread mentioned earlier, Buck stated that Telltale’s other projects The Wolf Among Us Season 2 and Stranger Things have been cancelled. Many are angered at Telltale Games for prioritizing its games over its employees, thankfully, many other gaming studios are reaching out to hire those who have lost their jobs.
— Gearbox Official (@GearboxOfficial) September 21, 2018
To everyone affected, connect with our recruiters and check our openings. And thank you. The entertainment you’ve given us over the years has been incredible and is a testament to your collective talent and passion. Hang in there, thinking of you! 💙#telltalejobs #gaming #gamedev https://t.co/bKylgjL1HC
— Blizzard Careers (@BlizzardCareers) September 21, 2018