A tale of broken promises.
A couple of days ago Telltale Studios announced that they will be closing their office doors. The company announced the closure after laying off 250 of their employees. Only a skeleton crew of 25 employees remains which will complete an ongoing project. The reason is attributed to poor sales despite their games getting critical acclaim.
In the aftermath of the incident, Telltale has been sued by an employee for violating several labor laws. The lawsuit is a class action suit. In the case filed by Robert Jr, he alleges that the company did not give the 60 days’ advance termination notification, thereby violating Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). The lawsuit also alleges that no severance packages were given to the laid-off employees either. Roberts also says that Telltale did not pay their employees “their respective wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, accrued holiday pay and accrued vacation for 60 working days following their respective terminations.” This also violates WARN. He also said that employees did not provide employee benefits including 401(k) and medical expenses for 60 days following the layoffs.
Roberts Jr v Telltale Games… by on Scribd
Even though it is sad that Telltale games is closing down, it is even sadder to see Telltale allegedly not honoring their employees and allegedly exploiting them. After all, they are the ones that made the games what they are.
Telltale had announced that the next episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season has been canceled. But in I recent tweet, it was announced by the studio that “multiple potential partners” have stepped up and showed interest to complete the game. The studio did say that they “can’t make any promises”.
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 24, 2018