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Gaming Industry Comes Together in Twitter Campaign for Those Affected by Capcom and Telltale Layoffs

Guerrilla Games, Ubisoft, Sony Santa Monica, and many more developers and publishers reach out to those affected in Capcom and Telltale layoffs.

By Lou Contaldi

September 22, 2018

Without a doubt, this last week has been one of the most impactful in recent memory when it comes to studio closings. Between Capcom Vancouver and Telltale Games shuttering their studios, many projects and the people working on them are up in limbo with their futures uncertain.

Thankfully, gaming publishers and developers don’t exist in a vacuum. Only moments after official announcements of bankruptcy came from Telltale, a trending hashtag campaign #TelltaleJobs started making its way through Twitter’s game developer and enthusiast circles.

Even better, it wasn’t just people looking to support those laid off. Developers and publishers took turns extending help where available.

One of the most noteworthy is developer Guerrilla Games (Horizon Zero DawnKillzone series) who noted they are hiring for all positions and even willing to relocate:

The other huge name in the bunch is Ubisoft San Francisco, creators of Rocksmith and South Park: The Fractured But Whole, who planned a local meet-up with staffing opportunities:

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Other big names came out in a show of support as well, including Cory Barlog and Matt Sophos from Sony Santa Monica (God of War):

Not to be left out of the Sony party, Bend Studios (Days Gone) is looking to connect with people affected by the layoffs:

Also in the loop are some of the largest publishers in the industry, including Blizzard and Gearbox Studios:

https://twitter.com/BlizzardCareers/status/1043287415257874432

And that’s not to say that other smaller developers didn’t reach out for support as well. Developer Hairbrained Schemes (NecropolisShadowrun) offered a few opportunities for those looking to send out portfolios:

Meanwhile both Adam Boyes of Iron Galaxy and The Molasses Flood opened up some opportunities for the suddenly struggling developers:

Without a doubt, the loss of Telltale Games and Capcom Vancouver are going to be a big hit on the industry. But it’s uplifting to know that other developers and publishers are looking to offer a helping hand in any way they can.

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Lou Contaldi
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Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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