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38 Studios heads flee troubled company

By Rachel Weber

38 Studios heads flee troubled company

Thu 24 May 2012 8:23am GMT / 4:23am EDT / 1:23am PDT

CEO and senior vice president of product development do some quick LinkedIn updating

38 Studios has said goodbye to both CEO Jen MacLean and senior vice president of product development John Blakely, who both revealed their departures on a business networking site.

Local news WPRI reported that MacLean updated her LinkedIn profile to show she had left the company in March. She's been on maternity leave from the company for two months.

Blakely's profile now also shows that he left 38 Studios this month, and his entry for his time with the company now reads in the past tense.

"In this role, I was responsible for leading the 38 Studios development teams in Baltimore, MD and Providence, RI."

38 Studios is currently facing serious financial problems, missing a $1.125 million payment to the Rhode Island Economic Development Center, and firing all temp and contract staff.

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Kevin Patterson musician

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I hope that they somehow make it, I really enjoyed Kingdoms.

Posted:4 years ago


Wayne Gibson UK Marketing Manager for

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The studio was far too bloated with staff considering they only had one game on the shelf. They relied far to much on the loan/handout instead of doing it the hardway by starting small then growing through success. I hope they dont close down but I don't see further downsizing off the table further down the line.

Posted:4 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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Yeah sadly I agree with Wayne. They took too big a loan and started with too large a project. I know everyone wants to make a blockbuster AAA game, but you're better off trying to make Torchlight before Skyrim...

Posted:4 years ago


Lee Hansiel Lim Game Developer - Unity3D, Anino PlayLab

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Sad news. Like Kevin, I actually enjoyed KoA: Reckoning.

Posted:4 years ago


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