Studio's Troubles Grow
Last month, we broke the news that the troubled studio behind 1940s crime caper, LA Noire, had been placed into administration amid financial and employee-related turmoil. Team Bondi had looked all set to plow forward with LA Noire 2, but such was the furor surrounding boss Brendan McNamara's treatment of his beleaguered work-staff and the studio's troubled financial issues, the Australian outfit was forced to admit defeat. And it's only getting worse, with staff - including McNamara himself - citing unpaid earnings of almost a million Australian dollars.
Over 40 Team Bondi staff - it's unclear whether still at the studio or since departed - are owed almost AUD $1.4 million (£886,000). The staff range from programmers and designers, to production and gameplay staff. Even an intern is owed a sum by the studio. They're due between $1600 and $99,000 each, with controversial boss Brendan McNamara owed even more; $102,000.
LA Noire was a rampant success for Team Bondi, hitting critical and commercial highs, but such was the controversy regarding McNamara and his overworked and underpaid staff, led to original publishers Rockstar dumping the studio and their subsequent work, which included an LA Noire sequel. The studio was placed into administration last month, so it's unlikely its unpaid staff will see a return on their hard work. [Games Industry]