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Well, here's another blow for the gaming industry. It's being reported that Take-Two Interactive are shutting down two studios.

Roll7 are known for Rollerdrome and the OlliOlli series, while Intercept Games were the team working on Kerbal Space Program 2 which is still in Early Access. Part of the info also comes from a WARN notice, showing Take-Two closing an unnamed studio affecting 70 people in Seattle, which is where Intercept Games are based.

It's worth noting at this point that Take-Two's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, was paid $42.1 million last year, which is more than two-and-a-half times the previous year. So once again, the people at the top are pulling in big numbers while cutting the people doing the work.

This is all part of a "cost reduction program" from the Grand Theft Auto publisher, who announced last month their plan to reduce their staff by 5% along with cancelling various future titles. They expect to finish this cost-cutting by December this year, so expect more job losses to come yet.

For anyone curious on the future of Kerbal Space Program 2, Game Developer has confirmed it's going to continue to be supported via Private Division.

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As if KSP2's development wasn't slow enough...
Hmmm . . . so, 70 people, at $100,000 each, would be 7 million dollars. Mr. CEO gave himself a raise of 26 million dollars. I wonder where they could possibly have found the money to keep paying those people?
Jarmer May 2
"It's worth noting at this point that Take-Two's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, was paid $42.1 million last year, which is more than two-and-a-half times the previous year. So once again, the people at the top are pulling in big numbers while cutting the people doing the work."

This is absolutely disgusting. I know these people have no shame, but I wish I could be dictator of earth for just a few minutes with the sole goal of throwing this person in jail for life in the bottom of a dark pit with lots of other horrible things down there to keep him company.
scaine May 2
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Quoting: Purple Library GuyHmmm . . . so, 70 people, at $100,000 each, would be 7 million dollars. Mr. CEO gave himself a raise of 26 million dollars. I wonder where they could possibly have found the money to keep paying those people?

Yep. Absolute scum.
QuoteIt's worth noting at this point that Take-Two's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, was paid $42.1 million last year, which is more than two-and-a-half times the previous year. So once again, the people at the top are pulling in big numbers while cutting the people doing the work.
This needs to be pointed out more often. No one deserves this high a salary, especially at the expense of those that earn much less. Plain greed.

Quoting: Caldathras
QuoteIt's worth noting at this point that Take-Two's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, was paid $42.1 million last year, which is more than two-and-a-half times the previous year. So once again, the people at the top are pulling in big numbers while cutting the people doing the work.
This needs to be pointed out more often. No one deserves this high a salary, especially at the expense of those that earn much less. Plain greed.


What's the correct number for them to make ? How do you arrive at that number ? Who gets to decide ? I'm not trying to defend Take Two but at the same time trying to dictate how much people are allowed to make is a recipe for a different form of tyranny.
Quoting: PublicNuisance
Quoting: Caldathras
QuoteIt's worth noting at this point that Take-Two's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, was paid $42.1 million last year, which is more than two-and-a-half times the previous year. So once again, the people at the top are pulling in big numbers while cutting the people doing the work.
This needs to be pointed out more often. No one deserves this high a salary, especially at the expense of those that earn much less. Plain greed.


What's the correct number for them to make ? How do you arrive at that number ? Who gets to decide ? I'm not trying to defend Take Two but at the same time trying to dictate how much people are allowed to make is a recipe for a different form of tyranny.

The salary should reflect somebody's productivity. I didn't make that up, economic theory did. And you can't sell me the idea that a CEO is more productive during his potty break than one of his developers during an entire year, without making me burst out in hysterical laughter.

These people stuff their pockets with money until they burst because they can, that's all there is to it.
Theodis May 2
Quoting: PublicNuisanceWhat's the correct number for them to make ? How do you arrive at that number ? Who gets to decide ? I'm not trying to defend Take Two but at the same time trying to dictate how much people are allowed to make is a recipe for a different form of tyranny.

I mean the people who give themselves millions of dollars in bonuses certainly think they're allowed to decide how much people are allowed to make. I don't think you'll make too many working class friends for defending these people for capping peoples ability to make money for their own benefit though... And yes the standard model for a business under capitalism is indeed a tyranny with someone at the top calling all the shots to maintain their position of power and wealth.
Quoting: PublicNuisance
Quoting: Caldathras
QuoteIt's worth noting at this point that Take-Two's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, was paid $42.1 million last year, which is more than two-and-a-half times the previous year. So once again, the people at the top are pulling in big numbers while cutting the people doing the work.
This needs to be pointed out more often. No one deserves this high a salary, especially at the expense of those that earn much less. Plain greed.


What's the correct number for them to make ? How do you arrive at that number ? Who gets to decide ? I'm not trying to defend Take Two but at the same time trying to dictate how much people are allowed to make is a recipe for a different form of tyranny.
Well, the correct amount for those developers to make is apparently zero, and who got to decide was a guy who pocketed, as a raise, more than double their collective salary. So I'd say your question, not to mention your fears of tyranny, are a bit more urgently pointed back at you.
I'll be frank: Anyone making more than a million bucks a year, I really don't give the tiniest damn about his so-precious freedom to make all that dough, or the horrors of a tyranny that would take it away from him. Fuck those guys and the imaginary job creation they rode in on.
Who gets to decide? How about all those people he stole the salaries of? How about all the other people CEOs decide their wages shouldn't be enough to make rent?


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Arten May 2
Quoting: Jarmer"It's worth noting at this point that Take-Two's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, was paid $42.1 million last year, which is more than two-and-a-half times the previous year. So once again, the people at the top are pulling in big numbers while cutting the people doing the work."

This is absolutely disgusting. I know these people have no shame, but I wish I could be dictator of earth for just a few minutes with the sole goal of throwing this person in jail for life in the bottom of a dark pit with lots of other horrible things down there to keep him company.

There is plausible genocide right now in progress in gaza, on other side you have terorists from hamas murdering civilians, there is war in ukraine where psychopath putin killing thousands of people just for his ego, and lot of anouther wars we have totalitarian tendencies in practicaly every government and when you get power to change any of it, you just care for salary of Take Two CEO. I think you need better priorities...
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