Yesterday afternoon lawmakers in the Rhode Island House began examining hundreds of documents in an attempt to piece together a timeline on the $75 million loan guarantee awarded to Curt Schilling's 38 Studios. The committee began by looking at emails from the former Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Keith Stokes.
Stokes said in emails that the General Assembly would not have created the loan guarantee program without knowing Curt Schilling was interested in moving his video game company to Rhode Island in 2010.
A Rhode Island House committee opened hearings today to look into the events leading up to awarding a $75 million loan guarantee to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios. The oversight panel will start by sifting through 8,000 pages of documents related to the loan guarantee, according to what House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Michael Marcello (D-Scituate, Cranston) told talk radio station WPRO.
Laurie White (president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce) and Michael Sabitoni (president of the Rhode Island Construction and Building Trades Council) teamed up to pen an op-ed in the Providence Journal to warn lawmakers and the public that what happened with 38 Studios should not cast aspersions of future state investments into other industries.
The aftermath of 38 Studios defaulting on a $75 million investment and its subsequent bankruptcy has caused lawmakers to create a new government post. The Rhode Island legislature has passed a bill creating the new position of commerce secretary, a gubernatorial appointee. The bill which was opposed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee passed early Tuesday morning and without the Governor's signature. The bill creates a cabinet-level secretary position that will be in charge of the state's economic development efforts and the duties of the Department of Business Regulation.
After some back and forth from lawmakers in Rhode Island, officials say that they will honor the debt generated from a default on the loan to Curt Schilling's 38 Studios. The state of Rhode Island said that it will officially honor the bonds that financed Kingdoms of Amalur developer 38 Studios after the Rhode Island Finance Committee approved a budget last night that includes an interest payment of $2.5 million, Reuters reports.
The leader of Rhode Island's Republican Party is calling for a special investigation into the legislature's involvement in the state's failed investment in former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company 38 Studios. After the studio went bankrupt the state was left holding the bag to the tune of $100 million.
The State of Rhode Island has raked in $713,000 from Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sales since it acquired various Amalur assets last summer from 38 Studios, according to GameSpot. The figure is from cumulative revenue from ongoing sales of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning made through Steam, but not physical copies of the game.
This should come as no shock to anyone that has been following the saga between the state of Rhode Island and bankrupt game development house 38 Studios: the state of Rhode Island has decided that it will sell off the studios' assets (which it now owns) to pay down some of the deficit it was left with after 38 Studios went bankrupt.
According to WPRI, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) is taking sides in a fight over the future direction of the state’s troubled Economic Development Corporation. The fight is between former campaign rival and Moderate Party Chairman Ken Block and House Speaker Gordon Fox, but the Governor has decided to go against the Speaker and side with Block.
In an extensive New York Times article on the demise of former Red Sox all-star pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios, current Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee (I) shares his thoughts on what led to the studio defaulting on a $75 million loan from the state and the studio's eventual bankruptcy.
The Boston Herald is reporting that lawmakers in Rhode Island are saying that they should stop making payments related to 38 Studios loan. The state is currently suing founder Curt Schilling and executives from the company that defaulted on loans in the neighborhood of $100 million. The Rhode Island House Finance Committee is currently reviewing bills that would block the state or its Economic Development Corp. (EDC) from making payments.
Rhode Island Superior Court documents unearthed by The Providence Journal claim that the management at the now-defunct 38 Studios knew they didn't have enough money to finish projects before moving to the Ocean State. At least that is what the state is alleging in its case against the company who took a loan for millions of dollars and then defaulted on the loan.
The Associated Press is reporting that 38 Studios founder and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has asked a Rhode Island superior court judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
You can't get blood from a stone, but the state of Rhode Island is going to try anyway. The state announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Curt Schilling and various executives at the now bankrupt 38 Studios in an attempt to recoup the $75 million loan guarantee given to the studio to set up shop in Providence and create an MMO.
According to the Associated Press, there will be no federal criminal charges filed against Curt Schilling or his now bankrupt game development company 38 Studios. A spokesperson for U.S. attorney spokesperson Peter Neronha told The Associated Press that the office has conducted a "narrow and focused" examination of 38 Studios to find out if any federal laws had been broken, and has decided to not continue the investigation. The federal level investigation into 38 Studios began in June, shortly after it filed for bankruptcy.
The state of Rhode Island is auctioning off the remaining physical assets of 38 Studios including its computers, office furniture, audio equipment, consoles, televisions, conference call equipment, office telephones, security equipment and more. The assets are being sold off by auction site SJ Corio Company. The assets will be sold off in two different auctions: one to take place in Rhode Island on October 12 and another on October 23 in Maryland.
The ghost of 38 Studios is haunting Rhode Island politicians who are trying to get reelected. Speaking to the Associated Press both incumbents trying to hold on to their respective public offices and challengers who want to take their places next year are saying that they are having to answer a lot of questions from voters about the $75 million loan guarantee given to Curt Schilling's 38 Studios by Rhode Island.
I wonder how the citizens of Rhode Island feel about free-to-play games... Ultimately their opinion is of paramount importance now that the state owns the rights to Curt Schilling's first MMO project, Copernicus. So what does free-to-play have to do with it? Well, apparently the plan for 38 Studios' first MMO was to launch it as a free-to-play game, according to Boston Magazine. At least that is what Schilling told the publication...
The Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. and Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. are now the proud (?) owners of the game assets of 38 Studios. While we doubt the state of Rhode Island will be releasing Kingdoms of Amular 2 or Copernicus anytime soon, we can expect that they will offer the assets for both of those franchises up for sale at some point in the not-too-distant future.
A nine-page article in Boston Magazine takes an in-depth look at why former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's company 38 Studios failed and offers the first glimpse inside that company's studio structure, the dysfunction of management, Schilling's opinion on the Kingdoms of Amalur MMO Copernicus, and details on a publishing deal that Schilling claims was almost finalized.
The Economic Development Corporation of Rhode Island finds itself highly dysfunctional in the wake of 38 Studios going bankrupt and not being able to meet its obligations related to $75 million loan. The pseudo government-corporate entity has been without an executive director since May when Keith Stokes decided to resign over the loan to 38 Studios. Today we have learned from several published reports that another loan the EDC approved is not going to be paid back and that another executive has resigned.
Speaking to sports radio station WEEI, former Red Sox pitcher and founder of the now bankrupt 38 Studios Curt Schilling said that he is "tapped out" after his company filed for bankruptcy. Schilling said that he lost $50 million of his own money and is personally responsible for paying back a $2.4 million loan from Citizens Bank parent RBS Citizens.
Rhode Island state and Federal officials have begun to dig into the affairs of Curt Schilling's 38 Studios, who filed for bankruptcy earlier this month. According to Gamasutra, information related to the loans given by the state to 38 Studios is about to be picked apart. Earlier this month the Rhode Island State Police, the Rhode Island Attorney General's office, the FBI, and the U.S.
The Providence Journal is reporting that 38 Studios has filed for bankruptcy today and that a series of investigations into the company by state and federal agencies are incoming.
A number of stories have popped up over the holiday weekend relating to 38 Studios and its continuing struggle to stay alive. Among them is news that an update to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will not see the light of day, that a sequel to the game was already in pre-production and fresh comments from several high profile 38 Studios executives taking Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) to task for throwing the company under the bus in the name of what they see as demagoguery.
According to this Joystiq report 38 Studios has laid off its entire staff across both its Providence, Rhode Island studio and its Bug Huge Games studio in Baltimore, Maryland. An internal memo obtained by news station WPRI reveals the details of the layoff and how employees received the news. The memo reads:
Five Rhode Island lawmakers have issued a public rebuke of a letter from Rhode Island Statewide Coalition chairperson Harriet Lloyd. Lloyd's letter said that lawmakers who expressed dismay over the current trouble concerning the state and Curt Schilling's 38 Studios were being disingenuous and that their support for the Job Creation Guaranty Program gave the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation carte blanche to spend the $75 million given to the untested game company.
38 Studios has let some of its staff go, according to Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee (I), though how many people we do not know at this point. Chaffee made his comments to the media after a lengthy meeting with the Rhode Island Economic Development Committee and 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling. After the meeting Schilling had no comment for the press, save that his company would not be looking to Rhode Island taxpayers for help.