It is a sad day for the gaming scene, as 5th Cell, the makers of the popular Scribblenauts game franchise, has announced that they are experiencing layoffs to their employees. Some of the employees are starting to tweet their dismay over the departure as reported by Game Informer about the sad fate of 5th Cell. The developing company has also left a statement in regards to the layoffs:
“Unfortunately, due to a project cancellation, we have had to let go of 45 of our very talented staff members today.
Layoffs aren’t something we take lightly and we’d like to thank all our employees for all the hard work and dedication over the years.
5th Cell as a company is not closing down, but our focus right now is 100% on helping our staff make the transition to other external opportunities. If we haven’t already reached out, any interested employer can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
With the report of over 40 employees losing their job to the company, it is also been revealed that despite the layoffs, 5th Cell will still not shut down as the reason behind the layoff was the canceled Scribblenauts mobile game. This is also connected to their recent project called Anchors In The Drift, where it did not reach the target goal for the Fig Campaign, a crowdfunding program which is similar to Kickstarter and was founded by Tim Schafer, Feargus Urquhart, and Brian Fargo. It did not reach the target goal of $500,000, as it only managed to reach just around $100,000, Game Informer also has a report regarding the failed crowdfunding campaign.
But the good news is that some companies are approaching the laid-off staff and being given employment opportunities, which is a great start for these 5th Cell employees to start a new venture to game development. As for the fate of 5th Cell, on a few remained in the company and with the Scribblenauts franchise being canceled, it is unsure that new project the company will be preparing for this year.