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How a small game studio almost made it big

from Kotaku

One week in early February, three top employees from the independent game studio Darkside Games flew to Redmond, Washington for a secret meeting with Microsoft. Over the course of the meeting, which lasted two days, Darkside's leadership tried to convince the mega-corporation to give them a few more million dollars, but Microsoft wouldn't budge. As they flew back to Florida, Darkside's leads were pessimistic about the negotiations working out, and sure enough, the next week, they got a phone call: it was all over. Shortly afterward, Darkside laid off all of its staff. So just what happened? How does a successful independent studio go from working on top AAA games to laying off its staff in just under a year? more


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