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Team Bondi sells IP, staff offered new roles at KMM - report

Rumours continue that L.A. Noire studio is being broken up following revelations of poor working conditions

Team Bondi staff are currently being offered either new positions at digital production studio Kennedy Miller Mitchell, or redundancy.

That's according to a report by Develop, which claims that both intellectual property and assets belonging to Team Bondi have been sold to KMM, a Sydney studio currently working on penguin blockbuster Happy Feet 2.

So far the L.A. Noire developer has failed to comment on rumours and no legal paper work has been filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission detailing any sell-off or change in the business.

The news follows rumours that Team Bondi boss Brendan McNamara had visited KMM to strike a deal with the production company.

In July leaked emails from Team Bondi highlighted poor working conditions at the studio, with developers forced to crunch in order to complete L.A. Noire - a game that had been in development for seven years once it was eventually released.

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This cant be good for folks working at KMM.
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Paul Smith Dev 5 years ago
@Chee - The guys at Team Bondi aren't that bad!
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I was thinking more of their ex boss
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Nic Wechter Senior Designer, Black Tusk (MGS Vancouver)5 years ago
It hasn't been good for the 35 odd guys that make up KMM Brisbane, they've been told their contracts won't be extended past October :(
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For real?
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This might not be the only bad news to hit the Australian games industry today - can't say more at this stage.

Good luck to all involved!
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Jamie Watson Studying Bachelor of Games & Interactive Entertainment, Queensland University of Technology5 years ago
first THQ aus now this...

i feel sorry for the people possibly effected..


and in the middle of all of this im doing a game degree....guess there no future now..
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany5 years ago
It amazing how a bad boss can cause the complete dilapidation of a full study. My only hope is for this to work as an example for other companies.
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@ Michael - well you called it early. its official, THQ slashed and burned its Aussie jobs

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/20...
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Fazi Zsolt Game & Level Designer @Atypical Games 5 years ago
I bet the douche boss ''forgot'' about that little thing called:bonuses.
He is probably enjoying a nice and long vacation , rubbing his hands in delight of heading another studio down the drain...
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