The Hopeful Beginning and Abrupt Shuttering of Funomena

In a 2020 Game Developers Conference Q&A, Funomena CEO Robin Hunicke advised, “We need to be okay with being less productive and more caring to one another. If we don’t do that, we’ll never get through anything.” She signed off a few minutes later on the optimistic note that people…

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The Hopeful Beginning and Abrupt Ending of Funomena

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Indie Developer Funomena Reportedly Closing After Hostile Workplace Allegations

Funomena, a San Francisco-based independent game developer mostly known for picking up Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi’s Wattam, will reportedly close its doors at the end of this month. According to People Make Games’ Chris Bratt, which published a bombshell video report a few weeks ago on the poor work culture at…

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New Report Spotlights How Toxicity Flourished in Florence, Gone Home, and Wattam Studios [UPDATE]

People Make Games, a YouTube channel that creates long-form, investigative reporting videos about the games industry, has released a new video about how emotional abuse of employees can thrive in indie studios, and how that often comes from the leadership of small teams.  The video highlights three developers and the…

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