Schilling Continues To Blame Rhode Island For 38′s Collapse
Readers of Game Front know that I am exceptionally skeptical of anything that comes out of Curt Schilling’s mouth regarding the spectacular failure of 38 Studios. I’ve no doubt he’s a likable guy, but every time he talks about the destruction of a business that will probably cost the state of Rhode Island hundreds of millions of dollars, he does so without ever appearing to acknowledge any responsibility for what happened.
In particular, Schilling loves repeating the claim that 38 Studios’ collapse is entirely the fault of Rhode Island’s government and specifically governor Lincoln Chafee. In his version of events, Chafee villainously revealed to the world that 38 Studios was incapable of repaying the huge loan it received from the state. Supposedly, they were *this close* to securing additional funding, until potential new investors learned of these unfortunate facts and balked.
It doesn’t make any damned sense to me either, but it’s the line the company, or at least Schilling, is sticking to. And he’s done it again, this time in an interview with Boston Magazine in which Schilling insists that prior to May 15, they were confident that a life saving infusion of investor cash was imminent. Schilling states that Nexon, and an unnamed Chinese Company*, were both interested. Nexon declined to comment, of course. Of greater interest is Schilling’s claim that Rockstar and 2K parent company Take Two was “close to a pact” with 38 Studios to produce a sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur.
Take-Two doesn’t sound particularly willing to confirm Schilling’s claim. “We do not comment on rumors and speculation,” they said in a statement, suggesting that Schilling may have grossly exaggerated the extent of Take-Two’s interest. Meanwhile, Schilling himself admits in the interview that the company was fully aware of their inability to fulfill their most basic contractual obligations to the state of Rhode Island. Yet he continues to lay his company’s collapse at the feet of the man who had the bad manners to actually call them out on it.
Frankly, Schilling needs to read “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and reflect long and hard on the meaning of the story. In the meantime, I await with baited breath the results of the ongoing investigation into 38 Studios. I am willing to bet right now that the results of that investigation do not support Schilling’s version of events. In the meantime, I’ll ask the same thing I always do when this pops up in the news: What the hell did 38 studios do with all that money? So far, they haven’t even bothered answering that question to anyone’s satisfaction. Until they do, I’m taking “it was everyone else’s fault” with a lot of grains of salt.
* Anyone want to bet he’s referring to Tencent Holdings?