A few days ago, Gas Powered Games launched its Kickstarter fund raising campaign for Wildman, its upcoming RPG-RTS title. On Friday, word got out that the vast majority of the studio's employees had been laid off. Now the company's founder and CEO Chris Taylor is explaining the company's current situation.
In a video posted on the Wildman Kickstarter page, a clearly emotional Taylor said that the reason that he let most of his employees go was in fact to save money. He says that if he kept the team going but the Kickstarter fund raising effort had failed to reach its goal, he would have had to shut down the company and not be able to give his employees any severance pay.
Taylor said that he is leaving the continuation of the Kickstarter campaign up to the general public, asking them to post comments on the page to tell him whether or not the Wildman fund raising efforts should go on or be stopped. So far, the vast majority of the comments have urged Taylor to continue the Kickstarter efforts for Wildman.
With 27 days to go, the Wildman Kickstarter campaign has raised over $230,000, a solid start for an effort that is aiming to raise $1.1 million.
Source: Kickstarter | Image via Gas Powered Games