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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
38 Studios Lands Former Employees with Second Mortgages?
Written Friday, May 25, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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Yesterday, hundreds of staff from the beleaguered studio behind Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning were laid off. Today, if the latest reports are to be believed, things have got much, much worse.

Apparently, some of the employees from ex-baseball star Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios have been informed by banks that the homes they thought had been sold to the company have remained in their name. 

That means that not only have they lost their job, they’re also unknowingly defaulting on a mortgage they were assured they no longer had. Unpaid mortgages can lead to personal bankruptcy and homelessness. 

It’s being speculated that those involved with 38 Studios’ relocation program are the victims. While moving from Massachusetts to Rhode Island, 38 Studios offered to buy their employee’s old homes to make the process of relocation a little quicker and easier. Except it would seem that didn’t happen.

Or, at least, it didn’t happen in the way that employees had been led to believe. Instead it’s being suggested that 38 Studios did not buy the homes from those employees at all.

While much of the story is yet to be fleshed out, Polygon are claiming that “several sources” have confirmed that they’ve received massages from their banks asking why their old mortgages have not been payed.

Further questions have been raised regarding the legality of 38 Studios’ use of state money. The company has received significant investment from Rhode Island itself, money that you are not legally allowed to spend on financing homes or paying mortgages.

38 Studios are also facing accusations from Gov. Lincoln Chafee that because they didn’t alert the state ahead of time about the company’s 379 layoffs, the company is once more in default on the loan agreement with Rhode Island.

Whatever the outcome, expect this story to run for some time. It seems increasingly likely that alongside the continuing case between West/Zampella and Activision, this year’s biggest headlines will be more about courts than consoles.




 
 

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Comment #1 by Solomon Fuere
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:45:33 PM
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...holy shit.


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Comment #2 by Scable Logo
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:50:53 PM
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That's quite the way to screw over your employees. Gotta be the most douchebag moment of 2012 so far. Hope those affected land on their feet again.


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Comment #3 by Lothra
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:53:36 PM
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First they lose their job, now they get told there employers lied to them and screwed them over and may face bankruptcy or even their homes? wow seriously, those in charge that knew about this need to have there nuts kicked into their throat.


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Comment #4 by bigbear2face
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:54:24 PM
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Awesome...The first player from the steroid era to go to jail isn't going to be a steroid user like Bonds or Clemens...Way to go Schilling, you d-bag. Maybe you can sell the bloody sock to a collector to make up some of this money.


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Comment #5 by Infomouse
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:02:33 PM
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Absolutely disgusting. Fuck Curt Schilling and 38 Studios. Hopefully something can happen that the devs won't end up homeless.


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Comment #6 by HugTheBear
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:03:40 PM
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It might be the Yankee fan in me saying this, but Schilling is a scum bag.


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Comment #7 by hotdogenigma
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:04:00 PM
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So no more DLC?


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Comment #8 by big daddy dr3y
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:04:07 PM
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thats rough


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Comment #9 by Pr0ph3cy
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:07:20 PM
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This is why I dont work in the video game industry


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Comment #10 by Hansathan
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:09:48 PM
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You should have went with "twist of fate"...


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Comment #11 by HVAC Techie
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:13:04 PM
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Wow, that's insanely rough.


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Comment #12 by onidemon
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:19:20 PM
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That's horrendous.........I know American law is different but under English law at least those mortgages would be void for fraud so there might be some hope for the employees at least


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Comment #13 by Blasphemy
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:19:22 PM
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"they’ve received massages from their banks" Well at least they've gotten a nice rubdown after all of this.


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Comment #14 by DarthTrakd
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:21:32 PM
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Move over EA there's a new face of evil in the gaming world!


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Comment #15 by Sabre45
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:27:58 PM
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Cannot believe I'm reading this, I mean its bad to lose your job, but your home as well... its so unfair. I hope they all find something soon, it's just so bad that somebody has to go though something like this.

:(


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Comment #16 by Prime8
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:34:02 PM
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@13 I'm glad I wasn't the only one who caught that lol


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Comment #17 by HalfEVILmonkey
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:36:13 PM
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Curt Shilling should be ashamed of himself. He is worth 100 million or more and is letting the state's taxpayers foot the bill. Asshole.


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Comment #18 by Dr Popodopolus
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:37:19 PM
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Cannot be said better than #1.

I thought exactly that.

How disturbingly sad :/


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Comment #19 by its delicious
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:37:54 PM
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This might be the Red Sox fan in me saying this, but Curt Schilling is a douchebag.


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Comment #20 by MIKE0029
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:37:55 PM
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@14 lol, 38 Studios is probably in cahoots with EA since Kingdom of Amalur Reckoning was published by EA.


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Comment #21 by Raenahin
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:43:16 PM
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"Unpaid mortgages can lead to personal bankruptcy and homelessness."

In fairness, this statement is a bit exaggerated. Especially in today's housing market, the magically "reappearing" mortgages will likely "only" lead to a massive hit to the ex-employees' credit ratings and a drawn-out foreclosure. You're not going to see former 38 Studio devs sleeping under bridges as a result of THIS.

However, when you factor in the insult to the injury of not being paid back wages, you might have a different financial disaster on your hands.


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Comment #22 by AgentOrange330
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:46:01 PM
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This is terrible. What a shame. If I was one of those employees I'd be pissed right now...


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Comment #23 by jcramos
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:52:15 PM
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Wow, my friend moved up there 2 years ago to work for them, they bought his house, thank god he found a house to rent.


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Comment #24 by Timmsy
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:54:17 PM
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that sucks, this is the economy now, we are all fucked...


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Comment #25 by asilent boom
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:55:02 PM
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Some lawyers will be making a lot of money off this from all the lawsuits.


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Comment #26 by L1E
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 06:59:32 PM
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@13

For real, I wish my bank did that!

Lol at the picture of Curt Schilling at the end smiling at us. Curt Schilling for the Biggest Douche in the Universe 2012!


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Comment #27 by Ceejus
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 07:15:15 PM
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As someone who has lived in Warwick, RI his whole life, I can tell you Rhode Island is the center of corruption in the US. You'd be better off moving to Bosnia than Rhode Island.


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Comment #28 by Restricted-Access
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 08:02:38 PM
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Geez... is there a way we can buy the game and the DLC, and make certain ALL the profits go to the employees, and NONE of it to Curt Schilling?!


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Comment #29 by MothproofKT
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 08:08:37 PM
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This is an atrocious way to treat employees! I can't believe how badly they've been screwed over! My heart goes out to them and I really hope they land on their feet!


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Comment #30 by IFTHISTHENTHAT
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 08:11:43 PM
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Am I the only one wondering what kind of a massage a bank gives?


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Comment #31 by LovableCrazee
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 08:27:29 PM
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Don't worry everyone. Curt is rich, he'll be fine. The 400 people who just lost their jobs and homes though...

Isn't it a great country we live in today?


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Comment #32 by the ferenczy
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 08:32:33 PM
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Way to really fuck your employees over. I predict a huge lawsuit against Schilling and the other financial backers of 38 studios.


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Comment #33 by German Agent
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 08:39:34 PM
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It's bad enough that people take a big risk in is economy and pull this type of stunt.


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Comment #34 by ThePumpkinKing
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 08:45:21 PM
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Wow. The idiots running this company (read: Curt Schilling and whoever else.) need to get fucking beaten with a stick. It's one thing to ruin your own life on a gamble. It's another thing to do it to every single person in your employ.


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Comment #35 by ThePumpkinKing
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 08:47:04 PM
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And as odd as it may sound... Hopefully EA will come to the rescue and give some of these poor schmucks a place to work.


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Comment #36 by WalterWhite
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 08:55:02 PM
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And this is why you visit a Fateweaver before taking an out of town job.


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Comment #37 by BOBtheMASTER
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 09:26:20 PM
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"they’ve received massages from their banks"

Wish my bank was that awesome.


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Comment #38 by blackout529
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 09:42:22 PM
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EA to the rescue? Since they're considered the most evil company in the US this'll be a pretty good PR move for them.


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Comment #39 by capnovan
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 09:46:18 PM
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Has Schilling made any statements? He's uncharacteristically quiet.


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Comment #40 by Raziel-Freya Kun
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 10:01:41 PM
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I hope Curt Schilling goes to prison (:


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Comment #41 by MilezDawg
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 10:35:42 PM
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If you've followed baseball and the MLB like I have you would have known long ago that Curt Schilling is a looney Right Wing nutjob


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Comment #42 by Hagane
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 10:36:21 PM
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And suddenly modern economics are terrifying. :x


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Comment #43 by H lAl T R E D
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 10:49:38 PM
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I, for one, can say I'll be happy when I hear about how Schilling got stabbed in the fucking throat and bled to death. I'd be more humane, if he'd be less of a fucking cockroach.


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Comment #44 by piedudething
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 11:00:55 PM
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That sucks, sad thing is Curt Schilling will sail off into the sunset scot free because of the money from baseball.


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Comment #45 by Red Cooley
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 11:40:43 PM
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Is this the Hope & Change us Americans were promised?


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Comment #46 by TruebornEdsters
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 01:28:29 AM
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Unfortunately, Shit rolls downhill.


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Comment #47 by sumthingchronic
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 02:19:06 AM
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What pricks!


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Comment #48 by Graivul
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 02:30:31 AM
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what a set of bastards, and the award for most corrupt studio is.....

Surely the employees have some legal protection as the Studio 'agreed' to buy their homes, they should therefore be liable.

Absolute joke of a company!


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Comment #49 by UberPirateNinja
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 02:35:53 AM
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what a douche!


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Comment #50 by Momenot
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 02:36:34 AM
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wow... I have no idea what to say... I didn't know you could get massages at the bank =p but seriously that's bad....


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Comment #51 by Sanchezz4387
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 02:56:01 AM
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This is why th global evonomy collapsed because of sheister companies like this, those mortgages will now default and the banks will lose millions etc etc capitalism ey


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Comment #52 by Wolverine674
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 03:06:06 AM
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Jeez...sounds like a quick exit for this studio. Too bad, they had potential.


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Comment #53 by D4RK V1C3
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 04:12:48 AM
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This might be because i'm not a sports fan, but Curt Schilling is a douchebag.


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Comment #54 by Samigi
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 04:33:21 AM
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He needs to choke on his own ballsack


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Comment #55 by Astrex
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 04:49:53 AM
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bunch of cunts!


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Comment #56 by Damodar Thade
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 04:52:58 AM
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I hope they all get together hire an ace lawfirm and kick that guys ass.


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Comment #57 by BlackRiderRazil
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 06:16:24 AM
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I hope they got signed contracts for that. And I hope they all find jobs. Even more so, I hope they find a law firm willing to go to bat and take evey penny from that corrupt fuck. I had no problem with him getting involved in gaming since it seemed to come from a place of love, but there is a reason positions like CFO exist: to prevent dumb tucks like him from running a company into the ground.

Way to go Schilling. I hope lining your pockets was worth the ruined lives.


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Comment #58 by tg rico72
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 06:18:27 AM
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Did Schilling just make Bobby Kotick look like the 2nd most evil person in the world? I didn't think that was even possible...


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Comment #59 by DakotaThrice
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 06:19:02 AM
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Whilst this is certainly a shitter for the employees involved they should really have either confirmed the details personally or had some legal rep look into the matter at the time. You don't just take an assurance that everythings sorted on such a matter.


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Comment #60 by PSYCOPAPPY5
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 06:35:04 AM
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why do i have the feeling this guy is hideing cash because he knows 38 studios is going to fail witch means he can take 10 mill out of the bank once this is all said and done and the state takes the studio.


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Comment #61 by Tsukasa117
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 06:50:40 AM
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I hate to see 38 in such a situation because of KoA is any indication they have alot of potential to be something great. Unfortunately if this information is to be taken at face value it seems that there are significant shenanigans going on with there financial and legal departments that may have sunk the studio permanently.


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Comment #62 by Rums
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 07:00:37 AM
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If 38 studios goes away, what happens to the production of this game?
May be worth something one day due to so few copies floating around.


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Comment #63 by Isanox
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 07:30:06 AM
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Geeze man, I thought my company fucks me over.
Mediocre game, illegal use of money and questionable practices.... hey EA here is a new company to join your evil empire, they would fit right in.


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Comment #64 by Death shrimp X
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 07:43:44 AM
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I feel bad for not buying the DLC now :/ is it too late to save them I could get it now


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Comment #65 by Hurricane Of 87
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 08:53:48 AM
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@35: I think that term you're looking for is schlimazel, someone prone to extremely bad luck. Schmuck just means idiot.

@7: That was my first thought!


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Comment #66 by Ibanez V7
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 09:00:11 AM
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"38 Studios offered to buy their employee’s old homes to make the process of relocation a little quicker and easier. Except it would seem that didn’t happen".

I think I would have noticed if somebody DIDN'T buy my house.



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Comment #67 by Chef Not Chief
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 09:00:30 AM
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Why do they post a picture of Curt Schilling at the bottom of the article? So people can pick him out of a crowd to assault him maybe?


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Comment #68 by Preedatore
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 09:13:35 AM
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I feel bad for these people losing their jobs, but they didn't know they still owned their old homes or not? Were they not present for all the paperwork that has to be done to transfer ownership of the home/property? How long were these people working on the game after moving? It took that long for the bank to let them know they were behind on payments? I doubt it. I could miss 2 payments at most before I started receiving constant calls/letters from the lender looking for their money. I don't know what deal the studio had with them regarding their homes, but regardless, they should have recognized any issues a long time ago, not coincedentally after they get laid off. Sucks that it happened and I hope they get it worked out, but you have to be better about taking care of those type of things and not assume it's handled properly.


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Comment #69 by Spanish Assault
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 09:29:21 AM
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Lee, are you going to cut and paste this story on your other website?


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Comment #70 by eiVaL
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 12:10:08 PM
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lol this is the same guy who acted high and mighty about the steroid scandal, nice to see he holds the same morals when it comes to real life.


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Comment #71 by IFTHISTHENTHAT
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 12:14:31 PM
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Everybody has the same dull and predictable victim responses.

Huge props to comment #68 Preedatore for being one of the very few to actually think about the issue.


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Comment #72 by Tomtam
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 12:24:04 PM
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That sucks big time. I personally enjoy KoA. Recently bought game then DLC. This also means they won't fix the Dead Kel DLC bug where you get stuck and can't fast travel or anything... Which happened to me.


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Comment #73 by b-radicate
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 02:16:29 PM
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What's sad is the game is enjoyable and shows a lot of promise for ideas that if fleshed out properly could provide an even better RPG experience. The developers clearly had a lot of talent and passion for what they were doing. This whole mess is sad and disgusting. I wish them all the best.


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Comment #74 by Spanish Assault
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 02:17:58 PM
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@68 If the company changed the mailing address, then they wouldn't ever get any letters. They could of also asked the employees to have them list 38 studios as the number to call, or given a fake number.


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Comment #75 by Zombiedrd
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 03:43:16 PM
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Capitalism yay


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Comment #76 by ConfederateSuga
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 04:35:06 PM
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lol @ the 1 or 2 anti-Democrat remarks on this page. Curt Schilling is a diehard rightwinger if I ever met one. He seemingly graduated from the "John Wayne Celebrity School of Politics" at the head of his class.

Now, political differences aside, you can't lay 100% of the blame on Curt Schilling. Surely their accountants, the analyst and even the banks themselves saw significant risk in the whole KoA venture. Read the details more closely, people. According to articles from various sources that I've read, KoA: Reckoning had to sell roughly 3,000,000 copies just to break even from the project and pay off their debtors. That, clearly, did 'not' happen. According to vgchartz, it's sold 570,000 copies on the 360, 400,000 copies on the PS3 and 160,000 copies on the PC. They 'barely' broke the 1million mark. That being said, if the 3mill rumors are true, they only got enough to pay off 33% of their debts from their first game. You know retailers get their chunk of the profit, so assume that 38 Studios received....$45 per copy sold. That's just over $45,000,000. That leaves roughly another 90-100 million they still owe. That's a big fucking budget game right there. My question is, who in their right mind would approve such a venture in the first place. EA and Activision rarely spend out that much on their own games, let alone a third-party entry. I spell a serious corruption scandal brewing here, because while I thoroughly enjoyed KoA and its DLCs, there is no way in hell I would believe that that's a $100,000,000+ game. No fucking way.


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Comment #77 by audioincubus
Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 11:50:35 PM
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I would absolutely love it is my bank gave me massages.....


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Comment #78 by Arumi
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 02:17:40 AM
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After reading some of the articles online, it seems like the employees decided to make some extra trouble for Kurt Schilling, and 38 Studios, in the press. I am in no way refuting the claims that were made in this article, but it seems just a little fishy to me:
1. The employees were not informed of their layoff until the day it happened, there was no apparent sign of trouble until everything went south.
2. 38 Studios has reportedly not paid their employees for the past month of work (yet another thing that would piss off employees, and could definitely impact them financially.)
3. All of these employees, who no longer work for 38 Studios, and should have no reason to withhold their names, are refusing to be quoted on the issue.
4. And finally, as #68 has said, how could you just "not know" that your house was never sold.


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Comment #79 by Arumi
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 02:22:25 AM
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and for #74 would you truly have me believe that if someone told you they had completed, at the very lowest end, a $50,000 transaction in your name, you would make no effort whatsoever to verify the truth of such a statement? Would you not take the check to the bank, and try to deposit it? Would you not call the bank you had your first mortgage with, and make 100% sure everything was fine and dandy? Of course you would.
If I told you that I had paid your rent/mortgage for the next two years, would you take me at my word? Of course not.
I do feel for the employees of 38 Studios, this is a very shitty way to lose a job, but people maybe need to pay a bit more attention to the world around them from time to time if all of these allegations are, in fact, true.


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Comment #80 by Nei Debrusc
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 05:24:16 AM
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If 38 Studios was withholding that information from its employees, then it only makes sense that when 38 Studios stopped employing them, they'd stop withholding that information. Mortgage notices would presumably be sent to 38, where they were just ignored, until 38 decided to drop this bomb on their former employees. A nice severance package, don't you think?

@Arumi - I dunno about not withholding names. I wouldn't like it if my name was plastered all over the internet next to the words "homeless" and "didn't pay mortgage." That's not exactly the kind of thing one likes getting around, so these people withholding their names makes perfect sense.

And no, I wouldn't take you at your word about paying my rent or mortgage, but then, you're not my employer, you didn't give me a job, or make me sign a job contract. They put a certain measure of trust in this guy, and he royally screwed them.

Regardless of why they didn't know, the fact remains, the dude screwed them sideways. Whatever blame you wanna put on the ex-38 employees, it's not even a fraction of what's going on this asshole's head.


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Comment #81 by Aunty Laxman
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 07:12:54 AM
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Must be good banks, offering massages to them.


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Comment #82 by Spanish Assault
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 08:21:43 AM
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@79 Some people are trustworthy like that. Besides if it was someone like Curt Schilling (World Series MVP, Savoir of the Boston Red Sox) you tend to trust people like that. It's nice that you would of seen right though this, but some people aren't as sharp as you.


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Comment #83 by banej
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 10:44:47 AM
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38 studio really tarnish the reputation of the game industry.


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Comment #84 by WickstarRunner
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 01:48:47 PM
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Sucks that jobs were lost, but am I really supposed to believe that NO ONE on staff did a credit check to make sure that their mortgages was off the books? Everyone gets a free one every year (in most states anyway) so there is really no excuse. At least half the blame on this one is squarely on the employees.


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Comment #85 by macd
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 05:04:46 PM
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That is seriously rough. Completely screwing over your former employees to the point of almost ruining them. If any of them end up homeless it'll be a damn shame.


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Comment #86 by wilf
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 06:43:50 PM
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Wow!


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Comment #87 by Slayinfool
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 07:12:54 PM
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Curt, you're a douche..


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Comment #88 by randallm33
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 07:18:24 PM
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Anyone who is blaming the victims in this is an ass. If a company screws an employee, the company is to blame. If a man rapes a woman, he is to blame not what she's wearing. If a person shoots another person, the shooter is to blame not the gun. To blame anyone other than 38 Studios in this is irresponsibly misdirecting blame. Only idiots who need to simplify everything in order for their brains to understand it will make this about politics.

What I find interesting is the lack of ESPN coverage of this. I watch ESPN and ESPNEWS constantly. I have not seen any mention of it. I do remember Schilling promoting the game pre-release on some shows though...


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Comment #89 by ferrara316
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 08:34:02 PM
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@88: http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/_/id/7972909/rhode-island-governor-says-curt-schilling-company-again-violation

There ya go! lol


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Comment #90 by FFFreak1129
Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 10:46:17 PM
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Wow...just wow. Seems like nothing is going right for those employees, or rather former employees. I hope they can bounce back from all this.


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Comment #91 by DopeySO
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 03:34:25 AM
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@88 They briefly mentioned it on Sportscenter and it was talked about for 5-10 minutes on Mike and Mike in the morning (espn radio). So yes they have talked about it.


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Comment #92 by BUZZARDIO 1080
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 03:56:04 AM
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i dont care who you work for , if you "sell" your house to the company you work for and dont check to see if it was all done correctly then you are an absolute idiot.


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Comment #93 by JKSullivan
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 10:59:24 AM
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This might be because I'm a human being, but Curt Schilling is a douchebag.

While I feel bad for the employees, and my first thought was to wonder how they couldn't have known about the mortgage problem, I would imagine that at least some of those affected DID know there was a problem. But what can they really do about it but ask their employer what happened? I'd guess that 38 continued to blow smoke and assure them there was a mistake and they'd fix it - right up until they laid them off.


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Comment #94 by DecadentBeaver
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 12:08:32 PM
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One thing is missinh from the Curt Schilling picture. The red sniper dot!


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Comment #95 by Damniel
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 12:19:34 PM
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Payed? Really? I thought this site was fucking English!


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Comment #96 by hotdogenigma
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 04:54:24 PM
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@78 Further to your comment, and maybe it's different down there, but my mortgage comes directly out of my bank account. Now, unless these employees closed these accounts and opened up new ones upon moving to RI, how would the mortgages not have been paid each month/semi-monthly, whatever? Surprisingly enough, how the hell would these people have gotten another mortgage if their first house weren't sold, yet another indication something fishy was going on...oh wait isn't that a huge part of the reason the US economy tanked? Good to see the banks got the message the first time around :/

So as much as it sucks for these employees, I can't feel too bad for them considering they did no due diligence to ensure things were on the straight and arrow when they packed up to RI. Now, what else is stopping them from selling in RI and moving back, they still have a place...unless the bank has foreclosed the property with these mortgage payments all of a sudden ceasing, for no apparent reason. Lawyers would have also been facilitating transactions with employee and the studio. I just can't pity stupidity.


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