Curt Schilling, visionary and founder of 38 Studios, has provided his first comments since his studio was forced to lay off its entire staff. He claims 38 Studios was in last-second discussions with a game publisher for a $35 million deal for a Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sequel. "Devastating," comments made by Rhode Island's governor led the publisher to leave the table, or so Schilling claims.
There's also the issue of the $1.12 million interest payment to Rhode Island, the payment that led 38 Studios to skip payroll and inevitably layoff its entire staff. Schilling says this 38 Studios could have legally deferred this payment with film tax credits, but that Rhode Island's economic development officials reneged on the deal. As Schilling paints the picture, 38 Studios might still be working if Rhode Island politics hadn't been part of the picture.
Rhode Island's governor, Lincoln Chafee, has since responded to Schilling. He, naturally, disputes the claims, insisting his comments did not hurt 38 Studios and that there was no deal for tax credits. Chafee's offices have scheduled a press conference for 4PM EST to discuss these new comments.
38 Studios, even after laying off its entire 400+ staff, continues to hang by a thread. Schilling himself has invested over $50 million of his own money into the company, almost half of what Rhode Island's taxpayers would be responsible for if 38 Studios went bankrupt.