Big Pixel Studios, the developers of Rick and Morty: Pocket Mortys, is apparently being shut down. Named one of the top 100 places to work in the UK by gamesindustry.biz in 2019, they were a team of 35+ developers that primarily made Android and iOS games for over a decade. Check out the tweet below:
Narrator: 'It was 2020; this was not good news.'@BigPixelStudios has been shut down, so we've all been made redundant from January 1st.— Laurie James 🌱 🌍 (@sicklydove) December 15, 2020
Some hella good people here, who made something proper cool. Unfortunately you'll never get to play it, because capitalism. https://t.co/kfTMOr3bXC
Laurie James worked at Big Pixel Studios and broke the announcement, with James stating during the rest of the Twitter thread that there are now over "40 sick gamedevs on the market", although not really because "a lot" already have jobs lined up. But if you are a gamedev and want to hire some Big Pixel Studio alumni, you should post it here to help find the developers a good home.
Regardless, it looked like Big Pixel Studios was a pretty cool place to work. Their website is still up, so you can see what you could've had, such as 25 days holiday + bank holidays, mental health care, flexible working hours, fitness perks & discounts, a kitchen "full of snacks & beverages" and even dental care. Considering this is the UK, I'm just going to say (put obvious joke here) and leave it at that.
A reason wasn't given as to why the studio shut down. Their best-known title, Rick and Morty: Pocket Mortys, seems to have been a decent hit if you go by the ratings on the Google Play page, so you'd think they'd be in demand. Guess not.
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