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Tough times have arrived at a game developer company today now that 5th Cell has laid off personnel after cancelling Scribblenauts: Fighting Words.
Tim Borelli, now former lead animator at the company, mentioned the studio has been shut down.
RIP 5TH Cell. If anyone is looking for kickass artists, programmers, designers, QA, IT, and more, let me know. pic.twitter.com/xwMZVF76Wb
— Tim Borrelli (@Anim8der) March 21, 2016
However, an email sent to Polygon says the studio is still alive and well.
Unfortunately, due to a project cancellation, we have had to let go of 45 of our very talented staff members today.
Layoffs aren’t something we take lightly and we’d like to thank all our employees for all the hard work and dedication over the years.
5TH Cell as a company is not closing down, but our focus right now is 100% on helping our staff make the transition to other external opportunities. If we haven’t already reached out, any interested employer can reach us at [email protected]
So, who is still at the company and who is out? The answer is still unknown. Could the top people at the company be the only ones left?
The company, founded in 2003 by Jeremiah Slaczka, Joseph M Tringali and Marius Fahlbusch, is based in Downtown Bellevue, Washington.
[Source]: Polygon: 5th Cell lays off staff as Scribblenauts: Fighting Words canned (update).