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Report: Telltale has actually closed, all remaining staff let go

Report: Telltale has actually closed, all remaining staff let go

It would seem that the skeleton crew left to keep the lights on at Telltale have now been let go.

That's according to a tweet from narrative designer Rachel Noel (below) - as spotted by USGamer - who said that the remaining staff at The Walking Dead maker had also been made redundant.

This follows the episodic narrative game developer facing mass redundancies with 90 per cent of employees losing their jobs.

This appears to have followed a failed attempt to get more cash after owner Lionsgate decided to focus on its own business rather than Telltale's woes. Some of this cash was set to come from Korean games firm Smilegate and The Walking Dead TV network AMC.

The full closure of Telltale comes amid news that the company was on the hunt for another studio to help finish off the Final Season of The Walking Dead and... it was looking to get said developer to hire former employees to help out. Um.

In the meantime, Telltale is facing a class action lawsuit from a former employee for redundancies made "without cause".

The silver lining - if you can call it that - is that game developers once again speaking up about the injustices and savage working conditions of our industry with the #AsAGameWorker hashtag on social media

We'd reach out to Telltale for comment but we're not really sure who we even can reach out to at this point.


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.