Irrational Games gave quite the shock earlier this week following the sudden announcement of its closure, as the studio would be experiencing layoffs and reducing its studio down to a team of 15 while the studio’s co-founder and head, Ken Levine, would leave to pursue other projects.
With a majority of its employees now facing uncertain work situations, many in the gaming industry are lending a helping hand through Twitter and other platforms to help former Irrational Games employees find new jobs, while Firehose Games (Rock Band Blitz) is offering a little something more.
After the layoffs from Irrational Games, Firehose sent an open letter to laid off developers through its official website offering free desk space and some basic office equipment to those looking for work/pursuing other projects. Luckily, there is no catch: Firehose says to laid off devs, “you don’t owe us anything. We’re doing this out of the goodness of our hearts, and also the fact that we have some open desk space anyway.”
Firehose also mentions in their post:
“Most of the developers laid off are probably wondering ‘What am I going to do next?,’ and some are considering going indie and releasing their own games. Meanwhile we’re in the process of setting up an indie game seed fund designed to support Boston area indie teams, though we’re not quite ready to start taking on applications for that yet as we’re still getting our ducks in a row.”
“However sometimes you need to strike while the iron is hot and we can’t sit by and watch all this potential development talent evaporate, especially considering our mission to help other indie devs. So we’re going to do what we can to help!”
Developers interested in contacting Firehose for desk space can reach them here, via email.