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Richard Garriott's social games shit studio lays off staff

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by Infinitron, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    :hero: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-12-17-redundancies-hit-portalarium-report

    Richard Garriott's social developer lays off staff at its Austin studio

    UPDATE: A representative for Portaliarium confirmed the news to GamesIndustry International, saying, "We are reducing staff to the appropriate levels to support and grow our recently launched products, as well as continue development of Richard Garriott's Ultimate RPG." The original story follows below.

    Portalarium, the social game studio founded by Richard Garriott, has laid off an unspecified number of employees at its studio in Austin, Texas.

    News of the redundancies broke on Twitter on Friday, when senior programmer Paul Evans said, “Today [Portalarium] had to lay off people and I was one of them.”

    Evans, who was a programmer at Lionhead before making the move to Portalarium in July 2011, also noted that the redundancies were a “surprise” to the employees involved, and that Portalarium's management, “could've been better prepared with more notice.”

    Portalarium was founded by veteran designer Richard Garriott in 2009. The studio's first social game, Ultimate Collector, soft launched on Facebook and Zynga.com in November, and counts the retailer Macy's and book publisher Simon & Schuster as brand partners.

    Portalarium also raised $7 million in series A funding in July. The round was led by the UK VC firm m8 Capital, and included a contribution from Garriott himself.

    "This is an important step for the growth of our company," said Garriott at the time.

    Portalarium has been contacted regarding the redundancies. The story will be updated when more information is available.
     
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  2. Blaine Cis-Het Oppressor Patron

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    Grab the Codex by the pussy
    I've come to the conclusion that celebrity movie directors and game developers should be summarily executed shortly after they release their first bad movie/game, a concept not too dissimilar from the old Inuit practice of stranding elders who've become a burden to their community on ice floes and letting them drift out to sea.

    We could have avoided a lot of trouble if Garriott had been shot shortly after the release of Ultima IX.
     
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  3. taxalot Gone forever. Patron

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    When everyone says his new game is shit he will just say "Fuck you, I am going to space" and disappear for a couple of more months.
     
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    Yeah, this should've been done with David Braben after Frontier: First Encounters and to Chris Roberts after Strike Commander, right?
     
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    Strike Commander was an excellent game!
     
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  6. Blaine Cis-Het Oppressor Patron

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    I'll answer this question once Elite: Dangerous (if it meets its goal) and Star Citizen are released.
     
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  7. taxalot Gone forever. Patron

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    -An unknown author
     
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  8. Blaine Cis-Het Oppressor Patron

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    Quoting platitudes at me, eh? Very well, I'll compromise. Instead of death, they'll be exiled to West Virginia and forbidden from using a computer ever again.
     
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    Fixed that for you.
     
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  10. Morgoth Arcane Patron

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    Garriot is almost as bad as Molyneux when it comes to oldfag designers still thinking they can compete in a modern world with their retarded non-game ideas.
     
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  11. Jaesun Fabulous Moderator

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    I think Gariott has already contracted Molyneux disease so I don't really have any hope for his upcoming shitty Facebook(?) Ultimate RPG game.
     
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  12. Blaine Cis-Het Oppressor Patron

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    I pondered this for a few moments, but Ultima VIII is considered semi-arguable by some... whereas Ultima IX is unarguably terrible by anyone's standards.
     
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    Publisher meddling.
    To the point DB actually sued the publisher and won (or got money via out of court settlement, don't remember).

    Besides, FFE isn't exactly a bad game, it's effectively FE2++, except broken on release.

    Finally, let's see how E4:D works out, shall we?
     
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    What a nice Xmas present...
     
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  15. Humanity has risen! Arcane Patron Repressed Homosexual

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    He has money to pay for a mid sized game doesn't he?
     
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    He does, but he keeps spending them on space tourism.
     
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    He should have made a mid-sized Ultima sequel instead of his grand larping stuff or whatever that was.
     
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    It's sad seeing former greats turn into this. I haven't even finished a single Ultima game (I really must) and this is just fucking sad.
     
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  19. Gariott, Molyneux and Braben should all join the same development house.
     
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  20. Excommunicator Arcane

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    I'm pretty annoyed he can still get 6 million in investment (I imagine he put in about 500k-1mil of his own) for his deranged ideas. Think of what such money could be spent on instead of this tripe
     
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    Fuck this guy, seriously.
     
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    I was listening to this just the other day. Sigh :cry:
     
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    the russians should've left this jackass in space
     
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    They could have been smart about it and taken him, Molyneux and Ridley Scott all at once and sent them drifting out of the solar system. Save the world from decline while also saving expensive rocket fuel.
     
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