Vodeo Video games, which made headlines final yr as the primary North American online game studio to unionize, has introduced it should shut down.
“The story is sadly a well-recognized one for small studios,” Vodeo wrote in a tweet saying the approaching closure. “Regardless of a yr of avid efforts, we have been unable to safe funding for our subsequent venture from publishers and traders. As such, we have run out of funds and are not capable of preserve the crew collectively — and there may be merely no Vodeo with out our unimaginable crew.”
Vodeo says its last effort will likely be to deliver its debut recreation, the turn-based, pinball fight RPG Beast Breaker, to Change. It was initially launched for the Nintendo Change and the Epic Recreation Retailer in September 2021.
Vodeo fashioned its union — the primary of its sort on this continent — in December. Vodeo Employees United, which unionized with the Communications Employees of America, mentioned it had been within the midst of bargaining with the corporate when the studio’s imminent closure grew to become a foregone conclusion.
“Regardless of the unhappy information, we realized lots & will proceed combating for staff’ illustration transferring ahead by serving to others & sharing our data,” VWU tweeted Wednesday.
“And to our fellow recreation staff on the market with public campaigns, in the course of bargaining their first contract, or simply beginning to talk about unionization with their co-workers: we see you, and we help you. Solidarity, at all times!”