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

Tue 09 Aug 2011 3:44pm GMT / 11:44am EDT / 8:44am PDT
Development

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.

10 Comments

This cant be good for folks working at KMM.

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Paul Smith
Dev

195 155 0.8
@Chee - The guys at Team Bondi aren't that bad!

Posted:2 years ago

#2
I was thinking more of their ex boss

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Nic Wechter
Senior Designer

27 46 1.7
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 :(

Posted:2 years ago

#4
For real?

Posted:2 years ago

#5
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!

Posted:2 years ago

#6

Jamie Watson
Studying Bachelor of Games & Interactive Entertainment

179 0 0.0
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..

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Alfonso Sexto
Lead Tester

714 495 0.7
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.

Posted:2 years ago

#8
@ Michael - well you called it early. its official, THQ slashed and burned its Aussie jobs

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/20...

Posted:2 years ago

#9

Fazi Zsolt
Game Designer

18 8 0.4
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...

Posted:2 years ago

#10

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