UPDATE 30/3/22: Following reviews of Funomena’s closure final evening the studio has tweeted to say it is nonetheless actively engaged on closing an funding spherical.
“Funomena was within the means of closing an funding spherical simply earlier than GDC, and we’re nonetheless actively working to take action,” reads the tweet. “Final week we let everybody know that if we don’t efficiently end the fundraise, we can be pressured to shut the studio.
“We love recreation improvement, we love making video games and we love bringing individuals into the group. It’s our honest hope that we will proceed to take action, collectively.”
We love recreation improvement, we love making video games and we love bringing individuals into the group. It’s our honest hope that we will proceed to take action, collectively.— funomena (@funomena) March 29, 2022
ORIGINAL STORY 29/3/22: Developer Funomena, which collaborated with Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi on 2020’s Wattam, is reportedly closing down following current allegations of office abuse on the studio, all focussing on firm boss Robin Hunicke.
These allegations first got here to gentle final week as a part of an investigation by People Make Games into office abuses at three indie studios. In that report, Individuals Make Video games’ Chris Bratt spoken to Funomena workers who claimed Hunicke was emotionally abusive and infrequently used delicate private data in a approach that was humiliating or unprofessional, with some staff describing Hunicke as “the instigator of an enormous quantity of toxicity” on the studio.
In response to these allegations, Hunicke took to Twitter, writing, “It saddens me to know individuals are hurting from errors I’ve made. I’m actually sorry. Proper now I am taking time to speak to individuals, concentrate on the suggestions everyone seems to be sharing, and work out subsequent steps.”
Now, although, in a follow-up to his Individuals Make Video games video, Chris Bratt reviews that Funomena will quickly be shutting its doorways. “I am completely gutted to report that Funomena is ready to be closed by the tip of this month,” Bratt shared in a tweet, “with all contractors already having been laid off as of final Wednesday. That is an especially unhappy finish to the studio’s story and I hope everybody affected is ready to land on their toes.”
Neither Funomena or Hunicke has up to now commented on the reviews of its imminent closure.
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