Source: Gaming site Superannuation spotted a number of updated user profiles on professional networking site LinkedIn suggesting that Midway Games' Chicago outfit has been renamed WB Games Chicago.
What we heard: With Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment acquiring most of the assets of the bankrupt Midway Games, it was clear changes were in the offing. Indeed, they came quickly, with Midway's Newcastle studio shut down the week after the acquisition and employees at its San Diego shop and Chicago headquarters all given 60 days' notice.
With the still-indepdent Midway winding down operations, the fate of its main internal studio--which was bought outright by Warner Bros., building and all--is coming into focus. The Superannuation report links three different LinkedIn profiles one reportedly stating "I work at WB Games Chicago (used to be Midway Games Chicago) on the Mortal Kombat team," and another listing the job title, "Head of WB Games Chicago." As of press time, the profile linked to the former quote did not exist on the site, while the job title of the latter profile was listed as "Head of a Game studio in Chicago at WB Games Inc."
However, the third profile linked, that of a WB Games recruiter and former Midway project manager, continued to reference a WB Games Chicago. One of the recruiter's current employers was listed as WB Games Inc., with the additional clarification that, "The WB Games family of studios includes Monolith Productions, Snowblind Studios, Surreal Software and WB Games Chicago."
The official story: A representative with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment had not returned requests for comment as of press time, and attempts to contact the studio directly were unsuccessful.
Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus. A rebranding is likely imminent, but the apparent changes to those profiles and the lack of any comment suggest WBIE doesn't want them known about yet. Whether that's because the name isn't finalized or the publisher would rather make a major press event out of any change is uncertain.