How is 38 studio closing a "fiasco", they tried to make a big open world wow clone subscription based mmo... it would have failed, anyone who thought it wouldn't have failed was ether A) the investors who had no clue about video games B) clinically brain dead. It's surprising they closed BEFORE releasing the mmo and not a few months after but non the less everyone knew where that studio was headed.
Also, why is the Diablo 3 launch issue no on the list... that seemed pretty big, and compared to mass effect 3, where once again, people knew BEFORE the god damn game was released that the ending will be how it is and you had every clue about it from devs leaving bioware to pre-launch DLC that EA is gonna screw the game. I seriously don't get why the ME issue is bigger than the Diablo issue.
How is 38 Studios closure a fiasco? Because over 300 people lost their jobs. None of them were informed about what was going on until after shit hit the fan. No one got paid the final week they were supposed to. Some of the employees moved from some other state to Rhode Island and had their mortgages handled through 38 Studios which meant they were about to be homeless. Same thing regarding their health insurance as there are numerous reports of employees and spouses going to a doctor and then finding out they had no way to pay for it.
They borrowed $75 million from the state that they couldn't pay back which meant taxpayers would now have to pay more to make up the money. Due to that the Rhode Island state police, the attorney general's office, the U.S. Attorney's office, and the FBI had to launch investigations into the company. The state of Rhode Island filed a lawsuit in November 2012 against Schilling, Stokes, and other backers of the company. Schilling, who was filthy rich before he started that company, was now completely broke.
That's why it's such a fiasco. It affected an entire state.
The whole ME3 controversy and Diablo 3 launch only affected people (i.e. forum-dwellers) who gave a shit about those games. If you don't care about either of those games then it was just another normal day for you. I don't see how the 38 Stuidos isn't more of a fiasco.
Well, i depends how you look at "fiasco".
If you look at it from a "general" point of view, than yes, 38 studio was the biggest.
But from the point of view of someone who cares about games when discussing shit on this website and not the economy or Rhode Island, everyone of use knew that 38 was doomed as son as it announced it's project. Non anticipated the "brutal" and "shady" way they closed the door but in the end that is not remotely related to games anymore.
While the Mass effect 3/Diablo 3 "fiasco", although only affecting the people who cared about games, beard more significance.
So to simplify:
- 38 studio burrows money, tries to make huge subscription based wow clone - happened already about 4-5 times, all of those games are now f2p or non existent and the studios got into shit, so what happened to them was more or less expected.
- Dialo 3/ME 3, while we kinda knew EA and Activision shitty policies, took everyone by surprise not being playable in the first weeks ( for diablo ) and not delivering a complete game story wise after already charging 75$ due to a pre-release dlc to get the full game ( ME 3)
So arguably, for us, both of those were far "greater" fiascos than 38 closing.
Again, i guess it depends how you look at it, for most people i would agree 38 studio closing is the more "important" thing