Studios Offer Helping Hand to Laid Off THQ Designers

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Studios Offer Helping Hand to Laid Off THQ Designers

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Everyone from Activision to Paradox offered a job to ex-Relic/Vigil employees.

Sad news came down the pipe from THQ today. In the process of shifting Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online away from an MMO, 118 game designers are out of a job. 79 positions at Vigil Games in Austin, Texas, and 39 at Relic Entertainment in Vancouver are now redundant. While being laid off sucks, there has been an unprecedented amount of support from other videogame development companies on Twitter since the news went out earlier today. The hashtags "#relic #thq #gamedev" popped up in my feed - a lot.

It all seemed to begin with Kevin Dent, a videogame insider with experience raising funds for a lot of game startups. "If any of your friends from the THQ layoffs are looking for work, have them ping me, I know a few pubs and studios looking for talent," he said and was then showered with tons of job offers from various studios across the world.

"A message to devs who have been impacted by the #layoffs at #Relic and #Vigil. Feel free to contact me about employment with Activision," said headhunter for Activision and oneof their Call of Duty studios Treyarch, Michelle Gallego.

"Epic is hiring!" entreated Epic Games CEO Mark Rein before touting his company's career page.

"Adding to the job posting stuff for the Vigil/Relic folks; BioWare are looking across multiple studios including Austin," said a level designer from BioWare Montreal, Gary Stewart, with a link to the careers page.

"Hey Vigil/Relic folks who are good at server programming. Popcap needs you! Seriously. I need you," said Allen Murray from PopCap, makers of everyone's favorite time-eating games like Bejeweled and Plants Vs. Zombies.

"Oh man. Sad to hear about Vigil/Relic. Don't know if we have any spots open right now, but you Vigil guys should send CVs anyway," said Mike Henry from Twisted Pixel games, the guys behind Kinect title Gunstringer.

"Relic/Vigil folks- We are Hiring: Animator, Environment Artists, FX Artists, Interface Design, Sr. Gameplay Programmer," read the feed for Insomniac Games, our neighbors here in Durham, NC who make Rachet & Clank and Resistance. They even offered a link to their job openings page.

"Talented devs at Relic Games! - Paradox and our partnering devs could always use great strategy devs - get in touch!" exclaimed Shams Jorjani, a producer at Swedish outfit Paradox Games.

"Good luck to all those let free at Relic and Vigil Games. If you're burnt out & looking for something fresh to be apart of, drop me a line," said Robert Bowling, also known as FourZeroTwo, the former Creative Strategist of Call of Duty at Infinity Ward. There's rumors he's working on a new project, and he would conceivably need talented designers on his team.

"3000AD is hiring anyone with a pulse (u have to qualify - and no zombies plz) and who is tired of working for DA MAN!" was the pitch from Derek Smart. 3000AD is Smart's company, currently developing its own MMO Line of Defense.

"Stardock is hiring game developers and artists," said Brad Wardell, CEO of the company that published Sins of a Solar Empire and developed Elemental.

"Twitter is amazing, all of those people got laid off and the response is pretty awesome," Kevin Dent said later. " I literally don't know of any [other industry where this would happen]. It makes me feel really good to be lucky to be part of it."

Ditto that, Kevin.

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CHOOSE PARADOX! ALWAYS CHOOSE PARADOX!
Now in all seriousness good to see them getting so much support. Though paradox is awesome save for launching a few games way too early they do fund a lot of very niche titles.
EDIT: Also the offer from Popcap is very interesting. Do they plan on making a action plants vs zombies game? Or a Bejeweled RTS?

I'm sorry if I can't write a lot of thoughtful things about this, but this video can sum up my feelings right now:

The best of luck for these guys.

Because now is a great time to go work for Bioware. *snickers*

Ya see, now I feel all good and warm inside. Glad these Relic folk got what they deserve, they rocked the 41st millenia, I wanna see what they can do in our time!

This article made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, so I am going to squash the cynical part of me trying to rear its ugly little head and relish the warmth.

VonKlaw:
Because now is a great time to go work for Bioware. *snickers*

Hey, at least they get free cupcakes.

Hell yes :) so glad to hear about all these jobs opening up for these guys. Brightens my day.

Im reminded of that opening sequence in mission 27 of Ace Combat 5.

From about 5:20 to 9:30, thats what im talking about.

Grey Carter:

VonKlaw:
Because now is a great time to go work for Bioware. *snickers*

Hey, at least they get free cupcakes.

As much as i love chocolate chip i wouldnt find it very comfortable working at a developer in the middle of a media shitstorm from its own fans. Unless one found the tears of fans funny, then it may be a different story.

Wow, very touching for those at Relic/vigil. this industry really does cover its back.

*Insert Libel about Publishers here*

SRSLY, do we even need them? Devs could get the money on their own as it is and it's not like they have to preach to the consumers to buy their products...

Awesome! I'm glad so many devs are offering jobs ^.^! Spread the awesome Relic.

go work at stardock, they have some great stuff in the works! experienced rts guys with a differing view can turn into something great!

but really, im just glad these guys can get a job somewhere despite the bad luck their company has suffered, and by extension them.

unless they go work for activision. really, their business practices convinced me to give them as little money as physically possible, and openly oppose them where applicable.

This kind of thing doesn't happen often enough, an industry rallying around those who have fallen on hard times. Just makes everything seem that little bit brighter, doesn't it?

Grey Carter:

VonKlaw:
Because now is a great time to go work for Bioware. *snickers*

Hey, at least they get free cupcakes.

That is true, but are cupcakes really worth it?

Now if disgruntled fans were sending in cake...

Hope all ends well for those who got a layoff, but as a member of the next grad class from the Vancouver Film Schools game design program, news of layoffs in my city is frightening. Suppose an independant startup for night times after a day job may be the only option...

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What a pleasant news story! It seems like the games industry might not be so bad after all.

Grey Carter:

VonKlaw:
Because now is a great time to go work for Bioware. *snickers*

Hey, at least they get free cupcakes.

Actually they refused the cupcakes, gave them to charity, and replied with the equivalent of 'lolproblem?'. It was pretty epic trolling

Nice, great to see that they have plenty of places to go, just don't go to Bioware and they should be good.

Bvenged:
*Insert Libel about Publishers here*

SRSLY, do we even need them?

You mean publishers like Activision and Paradox? You know, the two companies explicitly mentioned in bold in the first line of the article. Personally I wouldn't work for Activision any more than I'd work for EA, but the fact is this isn't just an outpouring of support from the poor, downtrodden devs, big publishers are there as well. In fact, it looks as though Activision were actually there first.

Stupid double posts. Damn you captcha!

Greg Tito:

"3000AD is hiring anyone with a pulse (u have to qualify - and no zombies plz) and who is tired of working for DA MAN!" was the pitch from Derek Smart. 3000AD is Smart's company, currently developing its own MMO Line of Defense.

Oh shit...

Developers, keep away from Derek Smart. You'll be stuck in a limbo where you'll be working on the same game for a decade, while your soul is slowly sucked away by his ego.

PS: He gave himself the last name.

Grey Carter:

VonKlaw:
Because now is a great time to go work for Bioware. *snickers*

Hey, at least they get free cupcakes.

Or they don't because some PR hacks have run off with them to give to poor kids.

RhombusHatesYou:

Grey Carter:

VonKlaw:
Because now is a great time to go work for Bioware. *snickers*

Hey, at least they get free cupcakes.

Or they don't because some PR hacks have run off with them to give to poor kids.

"You stole our cupcakes! You bastards!"

Oh man, Relic strategy talent with Paradox as the publisher sounds like a dream.

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Paradox seems like the best fit for people who worked in Relic.

Go to it guys.... GO TO IT!

AC10:
Oh man, Relic strategy talent with Paradox as the publisher sounds like a dream.

I agree completely.

Anyway, this is a great story to hear. I hope those people laid off will be able to find more work fast.

Good stuff. And the best part is the variety of options means some of them might actually get to more or less choose what kind of games to work in, which is always a major plus. Good luck folks!

gigastar:
Im reminded of that opening sequence in mission 27 of Ace Combat 5.

From about 5:20 to 9:30, thats what im talking about.

Grey Carter:

VonKlaw:
Because now is a great time to go work for Bioware. *snickers*

Hey, at least they get free cupcakes.

As much as i love chocolate chip i wouldnt find it very comfortable working at a developer in the middle of a media shitstorm from its own fans. Unless one found the tears of fans funny, then it may be a different story.

I'm looking at it this way: They're receiving an injection of new blood, so we may see some interesting changes in new Bioware games.

Also, this:

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I am actually surprised game developers. Nice job.

Binnsyboy:

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This is just funny :)
Here:
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*applauds*

Hurray! The game industry proves that, amidst all of the legal and financial crap that it pulls with developers and gamers in order to make a profit, they still empathize and sympathize with their common man.

SupahGamuh:
I'm sorry if I can't write a lot of thoughtful things about this, but this image can sum up my feelings right now:

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The best of luck for these guys.

A broken .jpg sums up your thoughts?

Is... is that good? Bad?

This is very nice. Don't have much more to say about it. So yeah, go devs! :)

Binnsyboy:

gigastar:
Im reminded of that opening sequence in mission 27 of Ace Combat 5.

From about 5:20 to 9:30, thats what im talking about.

Grey Carter:

Hey, at least they get free cupcakes.

As much as i love chocolate chip i wouldnt find it very comfortable working at a developer in the middle of a media shitstorm from its own fans. Unless one found the tears of fans funny, then it may be a different story.

I'm looking at it this way: They're receiving an injection of new blood, so we may see some interesting changes in new Bioware games.

Also, this:

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man, do you mind if I use that pic?

and this is good news, I hope I can get a job that fast :p

AC10:
Oh man, Relic strategy talent with Paradox as the publisher sounds like a dream.

I just got this great mental image of a Warhammer 40,000 grand strategy game made by Paradox with Relic talent. It would never happen but wouldn't it be interesting.

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