Blitz Games Studios announces closure

Leo McCloskey September 12, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Warwickshire-based developer announces closure after more than two decades in business, up to fifty jobs expected to be retained as part of new studio.

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Independent UK developer Blitz Games Studios has closed, the company has announced today. The studio employed around 175 staff, although around fifty roles are expected to be retained under a new company name. The new studio will continue to work on two “self-sustaining” Blitz projects, with enough funding apparently in place to conclude development. No details on those particular projects or the company’s new identity have been confirmed.

“We have managed to weather numerous storms over the last two decades that have sadly seen the demise of many of our friends and colleagues across the industry,” today’s statement reads, “but the run of problems we’ve had to face over the last year is unlike any we’ve seen before. Frustrations with clients, the global economic crisis, and more than our fair share of simple bad luck have all conspired against us and we are no longer able to continue trading.”

“It has been an absolute honour to lead such an extraordinary group of highly talented people who have consistently pushed boundaries and created amazing games that we’ve been hugely proud of. We’ve been humbled by the loyalty and commitment that they’ve all shown over the last 23 years and we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of our staff, past and present, for their years of loyalty, their creative drive and their commitment to Blitz and to us.”

Founded in 1990 as Interactive Studios, Blitz Games Studios has specialised in family-friendly software since the turn of the century – including work on the Fairly Odd Parents, SpongeBob SquarePants, Bratz and iCarly franchises. While stopping short of grabbing widespread acclaim for its software, Blitz Games Studios includes an Edge award for the training and development of young people, local recognition for creating an exceptional working environment, and a coveted Develop Industry Excellence award for business development in 2007 among its achievements.

While announcing its closure, the Blitz statement points to relationships with third-parties as decisive in the studio’s fate.

“We have done all that we can to make Blitz a success,” it reads, “and we have come frustratingly close in recent months. Major clients have felt unable to commit to investment in significant projects, others have changed strategy whilst appearing committed, and others have been slow to commit at all – all of these things have continued to hurt our finances. We have also sustained the business for some time with our personal savings but even those reserves have now been exhausted.”

Although around 125 jobs have been cut today, some of those affected may yet find new appointments thanks to ongoing effort from Oxford-based developer Rebellion who are helping Blitz “to find new roles for as many staff as possible.”

Naturally, our thoughts go out to all those affected – all the best.

We’re currently in dialogue with Blitz Games Studios and will bring you updates as we have them.

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