Creating games is a fun business … that is until $$ come in the picture, after that everything changes, people start jumping at each other’s throats, companies get sued and all sorts of crap like that. It’s unfortunate what happened to NetDevil (if the news proves to be correct) but given the talent those guys have I don’t believe they will remain unemployed for long.
Well Scott, Netdevil’s founder is now with END Games Entertainment — so we’ll see what comes out of that.
As far as Jumpgate (original) goes, the following quote from a Jumpgate fansite (http://www.confluxwar.net) has as much detail as can be released at this point.:
. . . As some of you are aware, there were a number of cryptic posts in the last couple weeks about Jumpgate and rumors have been circulating.
To set the record straight and for rumor control here are the facts as I have them:
As of February 10, 2011, Istvan as well as most of the JGE team was called at home after work and told not to report to work the next day. This was expected by many for some time, but still sudden.
There is presently no active support or development occurring on Jumpgate. Istvan is now not an employee of Gazillion and is without general access to tools or systems.
GazillionÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s President and the Acting Studio Director have agreed with Istvan that control of the Jumpgate should be passed to the community. Istvan has been working to facilitate this transition but many details remain to be arranged.
We still have very little information from Gazillion as to how and when any transition will take place. Gazillion currently appears preoccupied with shuttering the former NetDevil studio, which they purchased in 2008, as further and larger layoffs of staff have taken place this week.
With respect to the transition of the Jumpgate IP to the community, there is a dedicated group of people working with Istvan and standing by to provide logistical support to make the transition happen. Until final blessing is given by Gazillion, nothing formal can be done. Stand by to stand byÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦
All of this said, rest assured that what ever can be done to keep our Jumpgate alive, will be done. Your continued participation, support, and contributions have all gone into making this happen. I hope you will all continue to be part of this world.
Yes, Lego took many/most of the people working on Lego Universe. I also understand Lego will be taking over the studio space (I assume it’s leased, not owned), with the remaining Netdevil people (presumably those working Fortune Online) moving to a new location nearby.