Aussie dev Transmission Games lays off staff

Aussie-based Transmission Games has been forced to lay off 28 staff members after unnamed publisher pulled support for one of the studio's titles.

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Melbourne-based developer Transmission Games has been forced to lay off 28 staff members following a failure to secure publisher support for one of the studio's three unannounced projects.

The decision--which first came into the public spotlight via a Gamasutra article--was made on Tuesday, September 30, and the staff members involved have been notified. Mike Fegan, CEO of Transmission Games, told GameSpot AU that the studio tried to delay the layoffs for as long as possible.

"The decision to lay off staff is not easy for any company," Fegan said. "We, like many other developers, have not been immune to the global financial situation, and securing new projects is difficult; publishers' decision making process is more considered and thus longer, and even getting a rejection from a publisher is difficult. We currently have two unannounced games in development, but our inability to secure a third project in time has forced us to reduce our operating costs to ensure the long-term health and viability of our company."

Founded in 1996, Transmission Games is now one of Australia's largest and longest-running game development studios. During its 12 years, Transmission has sold more than one and a half million units of its equestrian titles and over 1 million units of its sports games. Before Tuesday's layoffs, the company employed over 135 internal staff.

The studio has worked on a number of successful titles, including Ricky Ponting's Pressure Play, Equestrian Challenge, Heroes of the Pacific, and this year's Heroes Over Europe and Ashes Cricket 2009. However, this is not the first time Transmission has run into trouble with publishers--earlier this year Red Mile Entertainment ran into financial trouble and was forced to pull out of a deal with Transmission to develop Sin City, the game adaption of Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novel, as well as Heroes Over Europe, which eventually found a home when it was published by Ubisoft.

"Transmission Games has grown rapidly over the past couple of years," Fegan said. "The recent releases of Ashes Cricket 2009 and Heroes Over Europe, both of which have been incredibly well received in the market, are a testament to the talents of the Transmission teams. We are genuinely proud of both games."

"The people we have had to let go are some of the most talented members of the Australian development community, and it was incredibly difficult to see them leave. We naturally wish them the very best for the future and can't thank them enough for their contributions to the company over the years."

According to Fegan, Transmission is continuing to work with publishers to secure additional projects.

"We're optimistic the next news stories from Transmission Games will be exceptionally positive."

Discussion

14 comments
uberjannie
uberjannie

masterlu : Like Transmission Games have any good games which scores are high anyways. Come on, if you barely can make mediocre games, why should I even feel sorry for them? Heroes over europe and Ashes cricket. Please.

gamerkiduri
gamerkiduri

all i want is ashes cricket 2011 and brian lara 2011 and another good cricket game : )

masterlu
masterlu

In response to some of the dimwit comments made before: 1) People should care because this reflects on how the previously-thought-to-be-immune gaming industry reacts to financial depressions. 2) Success is not only measured by an arbitrary number such as a review score.

Rikuide_Furame
Rikuide_Furame

WTFitsPauL: Don't you care than folk lost their jobs? It saddens me not only to read about redundancies, but to hear how little some people care about it. Hopefully, they can find work elsewhere.

WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

Who Cares, They suck anyways. Quote: The studio has worked on a number of successful titles. i lol'd

YoJim8obaJoe
YoJim8obaJoe

if i was one of those made redundant,id burn the offices so everyone would be in the same boat :)

Vambran
Vambran

i never played or even heard of most of these games.

AlphaHumana
AlphaHumana

Whoa, there are cricket games?! rofl! Wonder if they have a curling/shuffleboard game they're working on too!

terror_ninja
terror_ninja

..gezzz.....wat ever..... i guess only the best of the best will survive in the end....and the truly evil

_zeldredz_
_zeldredz_

i still play ashes cricket its good fun :)

metalisticpain
metalisticpain

And another one starts to bite the dust. The goverment is always saying they support the growing industry in Aus. And here is a fine example... Oh Wait

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man

Its unforunate news (though i personally thought Ashes Cricket sucked as much as Ricky Ponting cricket).