Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
September 2, 2014
arrowPress Releases
September 2, 2014
PR Newswire
View All





If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


 Split/Second  Developer Black Rock Closing Down
Split/Second Developer Black Rock Closing Down
July 1, 2011 | By Mike Rose

July 1, 2011 | By Mike Rose
Comments
    1 comments
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing



Pure and Split/Second developer Black Rock Studio is set to be closed down by parent company Disney Interactive, according to media reports.

It was revealed a couple of months ago that the Brighton, UK-based developer was facing redundancies, with the aim to see the studio "reduced to a single game team."

Now news site Eurogamer is reporting that the development team is being completely shut down, with an anonymous source claiming that Disney handled the studio badly.

The source noted that Disney was outsourcing games to other companies rather than giving the work to Black Rock, while allegedly failing to properly advertise the studio's key racing titles Pure and Split/Second.

Since the Black Rock layoffs, a couple of new studios have formed from the ex-employees. Roundcube Entertainment, led by Split/Second game director Nick Baynes and former Black Rock senior producer Ian Monaghan, will focus on creating social games.

ShortRound Games, revealed a couple of weeks ago, consists of Black Rock game director Andrew Hubbard, technical director Kim Burrows, technical art director Stuart Pharoah and creative and art director Steve Uphill, and is looking to make smartphone and touch-screen games.

Gamasutra has contacted Disney for official comment.

[UPDATE: GI.biz [registration required] has received the following official statement from Disney, confirming the closure:

"Disney Interactive Studios confirms that Black Rock Studios' current project has not been greenlit for further development, consequently the company informed employees yesterday of the intent to enter a consultation process on the proposal to close the studios.]


Related Jobs

Cloud Imperium Games
Cloud Imperium Games — Santa Monica, California, United States
[09.01.14]

Technical Animator
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[09.01.14]

Heroes of the Storm - User Interface Artist
Playtika Santa Monica
Playtika Santa Monica — Santa Monica, California, United States
[09.01.14]

BI Analyst
Playtika Santa Monica
Playtika Santa Monica — Santa Monica, California, United States
[09.01.14]

Sr. BI Developer










Comments


Patrick Haslow
profile image
So I am guessing this came as a bit of a surprise, seeing as this game director recruitment ad was just posted : http://jobs.gamasutra.com/jobseekerx/viewjobrss.asp?cjid=26719&ac
countno=406


none
 
Comment: