Blitz Games Studios Closes Doors
Posted by Ken Barnes
125 jobs lost.
Sad news this morning, as UK developer Blitz Games Studios has today announced that it has closed its doors, after some 23 years in the business.
The company, founds by the legendary Oliver twins back in 1990, took on development responsibilities for one of the original Kinect device's highlights - Puss in Boots - as well as working on such titles as Yoostar 2 and a pair of games based on The Biggest Loser, as well as a slew of licenced titles from the likes of Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise, all the way through to SpongeBob's Surf and Skate Roadtrip.
The closure is said to be down to a lack of new contracts and external investment, although two unspecified projects are "self-sustaining" so the company's senior management will be creating a new company to look after those games. This new company will employ around 50 of Blitz Games' current 175-strong staff, with the other 125 or so unfortunately waking up to find themselves looking for work this morning.
Rebellion are reportedly looking to hire some of the remaining staff, and prospective employers have been asked to contact Blitz via email if they have any positions open.
Via a post on the company's website Philip Oliver, CEO and co-founder, said "We have managed to weather numerous storms over the last two decades that have sadly seen the demise of many of our friends and colleagues across the industry, but the run of problems we've had to face over the last year is unlike any we've seen before. Frustrations with clients, the global economic crisis, and more than our fair share of simple bad luck have all conspired against us and we are no longer able to continue trading."
We at Pure Xbox wish all the best to the affected staff, and hope that they get back on their feet as soon as is possible.