June 19th, 2017

Uber Entertainment hit with layoffs

Uber Entertainment

Following the cancellation of Human Resources jobs are lost at the Planetary Annihilation developer.

Uber Entertainment has been hit by layoffs and this news comes shortly after the cancellation of the Kickstarter for a new strategy title called Human Resources.

At one point Uber looked as if they might make their funding goal for Human Resources after a spurt of cash from backers midway through the campaign, but it wasn’t enough so the plug was pulled.

A tweet which has been posted today confirms that staff are being let go.

“Layoffs at Uber Ent today. Please reach out if you are seeking talent to add to your team. I have a list of names, folios and contact infos.”

After successfully funding Planetary Annihilation, Uber thought that it might be possible to get the new title funded and were looking for a very hefty $1.4m. Uber appear to have been hit with the common problem of potential backers not completely happy with the first game, Planetary Annihilation, which some view as being incomplete.

Despite reassurances that Planetary Annihilation would have a separate team working on the game post-release, the PA community voted with their wallets and funding for Human Resources just simply wasn’t enough.

As of writing it has not been confirmed how many jobs have been lost.

 

Related to this article
  • Planetary Annihilation on sale for less than £1
  • Human Resources Kickstarter cancelled by Uber
  • Uber returns to RTS crowdfunding with Human Resources
  • Comments:
    • https://culpalibri.com/ HighNoonGundam

      I’m devastated to hear this. Uber’s got to be one of the best studios around today, having created, hands-down, the best game I’ve played all year, Planetary Annihilation. I’ve put over 60 hours into it, and I’m still hungry for more.

      I backed HR at $500, hopeful, ever so hopeful, that it would fund and told everyone I could about it. Even tried to get some publishers interested in reaching out to them. Words really cannot express how greatly troubled I am at this recent turn of events. First the cancellation. Now this.

      • Paul Younger

        Yep, it’s not good news but perhaps the amount they were looking for was just a little too much.

    • USMC03Vet

      I’ve never understood the tears for game developers being laid off as though they are some magical unicorn and are above typical free market occurrences. The industry circle jerk that occurs when this happens is pretty absurd, but I guess like many other things in Vidya land it is to be expected.

      • https://culpalibri.com/ HighNoonGundam

        If you can’t understand why someone would have sympathy for other human beings, then I don’t know what to tell you. But this probably isn’t the most appropriate place to be posting that.

        That’s like posting in the comments of an obituaries section or something saying “I’ve never understood the tears for people that die as though they are some magical unicorn and are above the laws of human mortality. The family circle jerk that occurs when this happens is pretty absurd.”