Friday, October 2

Not that into Cricket huh? Shame on you, probably never even gave the sport an after thought; maybe if more people loved the game Transmission Games wouldn't have to lay off a third of its staff, 30 employees to be on point. The Melbourne based developer is behind the stellar sports Franchise Ashes Cricket. Coders and staffers were the ones who got the blow, the reason apparently is that the studio was hoping to ink a deal for a movie based game with a publisher, but things didn't work out.

According to Kotaku via Kotaku Australia, an internal email from studio CEO Mike Fegan reveals that Transmission was pitching another project in a well known franchise to that same publisher:

We finally heard back from ******* and the news is mixed as [licensed movie game] is currently on hold due to a legal IP problem with the film and no indication on when this issue will be fixed. As part of our fall back plan we have now submitted a pre-paid pitch for [a sequel to an existing IP] and they want us to pitch another project but the reality is we will not have another project in place for them for at least 60-90 days.

Too bad for those laid off workers, however people with such skills are always in demand, and who knows, Transmission Games might call them back even before they get a chance to breathe. There's an upside to all of this by the way, emails obtained by Kotaku Australia indicate that Transmission will be hard at work on another cricket game slated for 2010, so you know what this means? It means it's time for you to learn more about the beloved sport that's Cricket, here, educate yourself.

10/02/09 Ernice Gilbert

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