Neoseeker : News : Lacking confidence in Wildman Kickstarter, Gas Powered Games hit with substantial layoffs
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Nagare Jan 19, 13
I'd imagine they require a lot less funding now that such a large chunk of workers have been let go. I also think this is a horrible way of trying to get more backers...
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bluexy Jan 19, 13
Nagare They can't change their end goal in the middle of the campaign, and I don't think they have the money to restart it with a lower goal even with their smaller team. Basically, I think Gas Powered Games is all out of options. This Kickstarter really was Chris Taylor's last stab and keeping the company going.

Obviously, the lack of initial interest proved it was too much of a gamble. Odds are the hope was that it would be a runaway success, pulling in much more money than the goal. Since it's clear that the goal, if met, will only be by the razor's edge... it's likely they still would have had to layoff a number of staff.

I don't think Chris Taylor would try to appeal to gamers in this way unless he absolutely had no other choice.
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Nagare Jan 19, 13
He can cancel and restart it was my point, but mostly that since he did this so early in the campaign he had to know the layoffs were going to happen and should have asked for a much lower amount which would have had a higher chance of being successful.
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bluexy Jan 19, 13
Nagare I think he set a point where he could keep a majority of his staff and believed the fanbase would be there to support them, because of their company name. Kind of like the 38 Studios situation... believe in the company and its fans all the way up until there's no money left and only hard decisions to make.
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Nagare Jan 19, 13
That's true, I wonder if he'll bring paid the laid off staff if the funding meets its target. It seems to have jumped 100k since yesterday or so when the update first went out.
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Northern49 Jan 19, 13
It would have worked if they renamed the title to Natural Badass.
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Shadow of Death Jan 19, 13
Decided to go ahead and fund this. It is looking a little iffy, but I'm sure the heartfelt video is helping to get some additional funding.

bluexy - I think you meant to use this link for the "Chris Taylor's Update" bit (because you just used the same front page for the game instead there).

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That's true, I wonder if he'll bring paid the laid off staff if the funding meets its target. It seems to have jumped 100k since yesterday or so when the update first went out.
Well, I think he said in the video that if it is successful, he'll bring back the people if they haven't found jobs.
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