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Rhode Island bill aims to encourage 38 Studios suit settlement

By Steve Watts, Jan 10, 2014 9:30am PST

A bill proposed in Rhode Island on Wednesday aims to encourage a settlement from 38 Studios by easing the uncertainty on the defendants.

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38 Studios auction fails to find buyer for Amalur sequel and MMO

By Steve Watts, Dec 13, 2013 12:15pm PST

The 38 Studios auction took place this week, and Rhode Island failed to find a buyer for both the rights to make a Kingdoms of Amalur sequel, and the spin-off MMO Project Copernicus.

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"I'm sure it will sell, It just depends on how much RI wants to let it go for. I'd be willing ..."

- soundcreepy see all 27 comments

Rhode Island looking to sell Amalur intellectual property

By Steve Watts, May 20, 2013 2:05pm PDT

Rhode Island is reportedly preparing to sell off the properties it took control over after the collapse of 38 Studios, and has found an interested party.

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"MONDAY: We talk to the programmer who prepared the video games for sale. "

- at0micgarden see all 5 comments

The 'red flags' of 38 Studios' demise

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT

A lengthy feature on The New York Times details the rise and fall of 38 Studios, and how both parties involved bit off more than they could chew. Rhode Island, eager to reinvigorate its economy with tech jobs, dove head-first into an investment that had "red flags" from the ...

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"You're right that we vote with our money, but this isn't really relevant in a discussion about ..."

- pantsburgh see all 12 comments

38 Studios won't face federal charges

By Steve Watts, Oct 01, 2012 10:30am PDT

The U.S. Attorney's office has confirmed that it is no longer pursuing any federal action against 38 Studios, though Rhode Island state officials are still checking into the matter.

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"I guess that meshes with the "We were talking to EA about funding, when all of the sudden, ..."

- the archvile see all 7 comments

Project Copernicus would have been free-to-play

By Steve Watts, Aug 20, 2012 10:30am PDT

Project Copernicus, the now-defunct MMORPG from 38 Studios, was going to be a free-to-play game according to founder Curt Schilling.

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"I hope someone else picks up this IP so that the amazing artwork it features can be released and ..."

- pizzaput see all 2 comments

Rhode Island taking possession of 38 Studios' IP

By Steve Watts, Aug 09, 2012 6:45am PDT

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. and Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. have been given court approval to take 38 Studios' game assets, in an effort to resell and make money back on the loan.

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"I wonder if it will release with an unsustainable subscription model, and then go free-to-play ..."

- rodneystubbs see all 5 comments

RI governor refutes 38 Studios' claim he scared investors

By Steve Watts, Jul 26, 2012 3:15pm PDT

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee told reporters that he'll be "vindicated" from accusations that his words scared off investors, and said he wants "to get back every taxpayer dollar back that we possibly can."

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"Yeah, these are the same people that believed in 38 Studios and Schilling in the first place."

- DragonSire see all 4 comments

Copernicus MMO 'wasn't fun,' studio head reveals

By John Keefer, Jul 24, 2012 2:00pm PDT

A new feature at Boston Magazine examines the demise of 38 Studios, talking with founder Curt Schilling and other ex-employees. In an honest appraisal, Schilling admits that the company's MMO Copernicus "wasn't fun."

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"did the employee get paid in the end? I remember kotaku has a story about how badly some of ..."

- Gapyro see all 11 comments

EA would 'love' to publish Kingdoms of Amalur 2

By Steve Watts, Jul 13, 2012 1:00pm PDT

EA Labels president Frank Gibaeu says the company would "love to be a partner" for a potential sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

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"Der. I mean anyone giving that studio more money would be insane, regardless if the developers ..."

- Sephiras see all 19 comments

Trailer leaks for 38 Studios MMO 'Copernicus'

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 10, 2012 6:00am PDT

With 38 Studios shut down by massive debts, we'll never get to play its Kingdoms of Amalur MMORPG codenamed Project Copernicus. However, leaks have given us screenshots and, now, a trailer.

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Schilling says he's 'tapped out' from 38 Studios collapse

By Steve Watts, Jun 22, 2012 8:15am PDT

Curt Schilling shares thoughts on how much of his own money he poured into 38 Studios, the company's failure to raise capital, and how he says he failed his employees.

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"At least it was in business ventures in his outside interests. Hell, when I retire from being a ..."

- Juno see all 40 comments

Bank sues 38 Studios co-founder over loan debt

By John Keefer, Jun 14, 2012 1:30pm PDT

38 Studios co-founder Curt Schilling is in even more hot water over the closing and bankruptcy of the development house. Citizen's Bank is suing him for loans he personally guaranteed for the company.

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"Yeah, and the lawsuit itself doesn't involve games in any meaningful sense."

- Herman Toothrot see all 19 comments

38 Studios spouse shares her story

By Steve Watts, Jun 13, 2012 3:45pm PDT

A letter from a spouse of a former 38 Studios member outlines a first-hand account of the developer's struggles in its last days.

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"As anyone sane person would. He got the company started on his own dime and paid himself back. ..."

- Visceral Monkey see all 14 comments

38 Studios declares bankruptcy, federal investigation underway

By Steve Watts, Jun 07, 2012 2:30pm PDT

38 Studios has officially declared bankruptcy, amid reports that state and federal agencies are investigating the company.

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"PC version was fun, all it needs really is an FoV tweak. I was entertained playing it, the ..."

- Saldrin see all 10 comments