An Open Letter from a 38 Studios Spouse

Gamasutra has published an open letter from the spouse of a former 38 Studios developer in an article called '38 Studios Spouse' speaks out. In her letter the wife of the former 38 Studios employee details her and her family's struggles during and after the period of time when the studio could no longer pay its employees or cover the cost of their health insurance.

It's a heart wrenching account of what happens when small print in contracts and promises broken leaves an employee holding the bag for things they assumed were supposed to be paid for. More importantly, it is a cautionary tale about the perils of uprooting your family for a job that seems too good to be true.

While we encourage you to go read the whole thing, the following two paragraphs from the letter sum up nicely how we imagine the many wives, girlfriends and children (old enough to understand) of former 38 Studios employees feel in the aftermath of Curt Schilling's studio going bankrupt:

" Am I angry? You bet! I have been taken for a ride and am having to take a handout from the government for the first time in my life. Who do I get to direct my anger at? Nobody! The ones responsible aren't around to chat with or pay for the consequences of their actions. At moments I think Curt Schilling trusted the wrong people, but at least he is having to deal with this mess too. At other times, I am angry and think Curt Schilling is a smart man and should have done better!

Where will we go and what is next? I have no idea and am just trying to feed my family and love them and hope moving my kids again won't completely break their trust in us or hurt them too much. I think we could have liked Rhode Island. I think of all the supportive people and friendly faces and how much kindness we have been offered since this happened from people we barely know. We will probably be moving away from this state and paying taxes and working somewhere else soon. It is a shame that certain politicians couldn't get past the need to prove a point about being against 38 Studios and see they were harming their state in the long run. I mean 38 Studios was already here and the way I see it anything that could be done to make it a success would only benefit Rhode Island. As it stands, there are close to 300 very talented people dispersing all over the country and out of Rhode Island. There is an empty building with no game to be sold and a bunch of equipment that will not come close to paying for what is owed more than likely. And worst of all, there are some great people here in Rhode Island that will not benefit from the boost in economy."

The 38 Studios spouse closes by saying that she blames 38 Studios and all of its executives for moving so many families to Rhode Island while knowing that they hadn't paid all of their bills. Some of those bills, like moving costs that were supposed to be paid for nearly six months ago, are now an obligation these families cannot afford.

You can read the entire letter here.

Source: Gamasutra by way of EZK.

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