Генеральный директор Starbreeze обвиняет своих разработчиков в провале The Walking Dead

теплая реакция на Overkill’s The Walking Dead была обвинена в команде, работающей над игрой. Генеральный директор Starbeeze Бу Андерссон был уволен в прошлом месяце после плохих продаж Overkill’s The Walking Dead, и в своем последнем письме к персоналу (через Eurogamer) он указал пальцем на своих разработчиков за то, что они не потянули […]

Starbreeze сокращает расходы после слабого старта Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Дела у компании Starbreeze пошли в гору вместе с денежным водопадом под названием Payday 2. Видимо, поэтому издательство сделало ставку на кооперативные шутеры. Пока что безуспешно: в январе 2018-го Starbreeze затянула пояса после провала RAID: World W…

Starbreeze HQ has been raided by Swedish authorities, one arrested

Update: Starbreeze’s offices have been raided by police, leading to at least one arrest.

According to SVD, the company was raided on suspicion of “insider crimes”, suggesting the arrest was made due to insider trading.

As well as the arrest, equipment has been taken, including computers and documents.

Starbreeze offered the following statement to GIBiz. “This morning officials from the Swedish Economic Crime Authority raided the offices of Starbreeze in Stockholm. One person was arrested and items were seized. The raid is part of an ongoing investigation involving suspected insider trading.”

Starbreeze also says that the company itself is not under any suspicion and it cooperating with the authorities. It also confirmed that the raid was due to suspicion of “insider charges”.

Update 03/12/2018: Starbreeze has filed for reconstruction and replaced its CEO.

“The decision is based on a shortage of liquidity and deemed to be a necessary step to give the Company the time needed to negotiate a long-term financial solution and implement changes in the organisation and operations,” reads the Starbreeze press release. “The financial targets for Q4 2018 and 2020 no longer applies.”

‘Reconstruction’ is Sweden’s version of a company going into administration, so things aren’t looking good for the future of Starbreeze. The only way it can survive now is if it gets a big intake of cash, and fast. It could get this cash by sourcing investments, or selling off brands.

For now, the company will operate as normal, but CEO Bo Andersson has departed the company. Deputy CEO Mikael Nermark is taking his place as acting CEO.

What this means for Payday 3 and System Shock 3 remains to be seen. Previously, Starbeeze had promised to fund development on System Shock 3 to the tune of $12 million.

Cheers, Eurogamer.

Update 26/11/2018: Starbreeze has acknowledged poor sales of The Walking Dead and said that as a result it is looking to cut costs in game development.

It blamed higher shares of sales to Russian and Chinese partners as part of the problem, and said that a $10 million payment from 505 Games for the console version of the Walking Dead won’t be recognised as revenue during this financial year.

“The company has commenced a project to review operations and has initiated a program to reduce costs and sharpen focus on core business – internal and external development,” Starbreeze told investors in a press release.

Despite the poor initial sales of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, Starbreeze said it hopes to build on the game for Season 2, which kicks off soon.

“This is disappointing, of course, but we have a base to work with in regards to the number of games sold. We have a pulse of concurrent players, which is essential to future performance within the framework of our Games as a Service concept. The team is working at full capacity to deliver improvements to the game and new content, and Season 2 will be starting soon,” said Starbreeze.

Original story: Starbreeze’s stock has been in decline since June and it looks like the recent release of The Walking Dead hasn’t helped at all. Читать дальше проStarbreeze HQ has been raided by Swedish authorities, one arrested