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Friday, 15 October 2010 20:12

Krome studios loses lustre and shuts doors

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Makers of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Game Room and Viva Piñata: Party Animals, Krome Studios in Australia has reportedly closed the doors of both the Melbourne and Brisbane development houses.

As the largely positive feeling generated at the Game Connect Asia Pacific 2010 reached its zenith, a disturbing rumour started to do the rounds in both electronic form as well as word of mouth amongst delegates.  Once Australia's largest interactive entertainment development hours, Krome Studios was shutting its doors as of Monday.

The report emerged from local industry website Tsumea.com hints at the drastic measures for a development house that has been struggling to keep its head above water in recent times.

More troubling and credible reports concerning Krome Studios are currently spilling onto Twitter as well as into our comments areas, and if these new details are true with the additional reports received yesterday relating to the Embryo agreement, there is considerable cause for concern for what was once Australia's largest game development studio.

The rumours began with more drastic job cuts today (hitting both the remaining Melbourne and Brisbane studio), but it seems to be a lot more serious than that.

The report is that Krome Studios have let go of all remaining staff, including those in their base studio in Brisbane, and will be closing their doors on Monday. Some staff will be rehired as contractors to finish some remaining work.


Whether that 'remaining work' includes the troubled Blade Kitten project or not is unclear at this stage.

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Mike Bantick

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

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