Obsidian Entertainment - Layoff Reports
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April 27th, 2011, 22:37
New Vegas, or any other Obsidian game, selling well won't necessarily mean that money is coming back to Obsidian. The publisher likely takes most, if not all, money from the sales (though I think some contracts state that the developer will get some royalties based on big sales or even something as stupid as a high Metacritic store according to a former Obsidian developer posting on another forum). Keeping their employees occupied, meeting milestones for projects for their publishers is how an independent game dev will make the money to stay afloat.
Of course, having good sales under your belt would likely mean that it's easier to secure contracts in the future.
Anyways, while it's always a terrible situation with lay-offs, I don't get the impression that it's enormously serious.
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