Fantasy Flight Interactive to close after company-wide layoffs

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Fantasy Flight Interactive to close after company-wide layoffs

Post by Angel Tarragon » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:39 pm

Sounds like most, if not all, of their RPG department staff will be let go. This is very sad news.
News is spreading that Fantasy Flight Interactive, the branch of Fantasy Flight Games in charge of the tabletop game company's digital games, will close in February after an unspecified number of employees were laid off.

This is a notable failure for Fantasy Flight Interactive, which opened its doors in 2017 with a mission to both adapt Fantasy Flight's physical games for digital platforms and develop its own original games based on the company's library of franchises.

But in a LinkedIn post published yesterday, studio head Tim Gerritsen (formerly of Human Head) wrote that "the decision has been made to close Fantasy Flight Interactive next month."

"I'm going to do my best to get my team placed in new positions. I have programmers, designers, artists, QA staff and a producer to get placed in new roles and will do my best to do so quickly," he added. "Additionally, I'm now open to new opportunities myself since I will also be out of a job."

Gamasutra has reached out to company representatives for further details and comment on the layoffs. If you or someone you know has been affected, you can email Gamasutra to share your story confidentially.

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Re: Fantasy Flight Interactive to close after company-wide layoffs

Post by Angel Tarragon » Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:20 am

There has been some discussion on Facebook about this and the speculation is that FFG will likely have a line-manager in charge of the RPG division and will outsource to freelancers to come up with the content.

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Post by Havard » Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:49 am

:shock:

Very surprising. Sorry for the people who lost their jobs.

I wonder what this means for the Star Wars RPG and this other rpg lines?

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Re: Fantasy Flight Interactive to close after company-wide layoffs

Post by shesheyan » Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:52 pm

Havard wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:49 am
:shock:

Very surprising. Sorry for the people who lost their jobs.

I wonder what this means for the Star Wars RPG and this other rpg lines?
Quote : Update: A source close to the situation estimates that over 10 people have been let go from Fantasy Flight Games, and that the customer service department and tabletop RPG department are also expected to shutter as a result. :|

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Post by Havard » Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:34 pm

shesheyan wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:52 pm

Quote : Update: A source close to the situation estimates that over 10 people have been let go from Fantasy Flight Games, and that the customer service department and tabletop RPG department are also expected to shutter as a result. :|
Thanks for the update on this very sad news! :(

Any idea what lead to this development?

I wonder what will happen to the Star Wars RPG now?

What about the Dune Board Game?

How many RPG lines do FFG have?

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Re: Fantasy Flight Interactive to close after company-wide layoffs

Post by shesheyan » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:11 am

My source had this to say about the rpg department: « everyone is kicked out. This department was made up of only 4 people, the majority of the writing work being done by Freelance. Even the people we talked to, Sam Stewart (the Rpg development team leader) and Tim Hucklebery, aren't sure what that means in terms of future hardware. It looks like Genesys' next book, Secret of the Crucible, will be released anyway, but after that it's going to be dead. The Foundry will undoubtedly remain active so Genesys will see new content. Even Sam Stewart mentioned that he intended to publish Freelance content. But for the other rpgs, it seems that there will be nothing left. »

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Re: Fantasy Flight Interactive to close after company-wide layoffs

Post by Angel Tarragon » Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:02 am

Man, I better snap up those Genesys books ASAP! It'll be be hard to get them for decent prices once they are OOP.

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Re: Fantasy Flight Interactive to close after company-wide layoffs

Post by shesheyan » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:38 pm

Another product line is closed by FFG. This time it's, Destiny the Star Wars collectible dice game.
https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/n ... JGH5K185lo

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