Epic Comments on the Recent European Studio Closures
There have been a lot of studios closing in the last few months, especially over in Europe. The most recent, Black Rock Studios, was announced to be closed by parent company Disney. This is a really sad situation for anyone who played Split/Second, as that game was awesome. Epic Games’ European boss Mike Gamble blamed it on poorly made acquisitions. “This is a personal view. In my person opinion, yeah, there have been acquisitions by publishers of developers they really had no right – well, they had a right because they had the money – but what was the point of a well-known children’s IP holder buying a hardcore racing studio? It doesn’t make sense,” he said.
Gamble was quick to point out that companies have been born from major closures like Black Rock, but it’s still a negative situation to have been born from larger companies buying small studios, only to close those studios a few years down the line. Ultimately Gamble is happy with the state of the games industry, but it’s still sad to see when a company dies from the outside in.