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Game Band shutting down Blaseball, making layoffs

Game Band shutting down Blaseball, making layoffs

Blaseball developer The Game Band is closing down the title and laying off some off staff.

The news was announced in a Medium post, in which the studio said that it had to cut "many" jobs so that the company has "enough runway to even begin to make something new."

The decision to shut down the cult hit Blaseball is due to financial woes.

"The short of it is that Blaseball isn’t sustainable to run," The Game Band wrote.

"Since Blaseball’s inception, we’ve been fighting against the amount of work it takes to keep Blaseball true to itself while financially supporting the team and keeping our staff healthy. We’ve tried countless solutions to make it work, and we’ve come to the conclusion that this fight isn’t one we can win in the long run. The cost, literally and metaphorically, is too high. So we are making the decision to end it here instead of changing Blaseball into something unrecognizable. Part of this loss is many of our incredible team members. Our team size has to change to give us enough runway to even begin to make something new. We are losing so many good people, and we will miss them terribly. They changed the game, literally."

The Game Band launched Blaseball in 2020.

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