Indie Devs Makes Game, Gets Fired From Day Job
A month after creating a game that captured the woes of his customer service job at the Canada Revenue Agency, Toronto-based indie developer David S. Gallant was fired. The Toronto Star contacted the Minister in charge of the Agency and received a response that suggested the Ministry thought the game released confidential information about taxpayers.
Gallant has spoken out on Twitter, expressing his concerns over his sudden income drop predicament. “I know everyone keeps saying that I can focus on creating now, and that will happen,” he said, “but fact is: I have to focus on paying the rent, too.” Fortunately, the media attention his game, I Get This Call Every Day, has received since his firing has more than made up for his future wages. “The outpouring of support (including a huge sales boost) has been utterly overwhelming,” Gallant said, later adding, “The community has flooded me with support. I’m gonna be all right.”
Since the story broke, Gallant sold more than twice as many copies of his game since it launched, earning him roughly $2400 in one day — the equivalent of his monthly paycheck for his part-time work at the Canada Revenue Agency.