The studio behind the Skullgirls franchise has turned to redundancies for most of the remaining staff at Lab Zero Games who haven’t already left. The studio is now left with 11 staff members. This comes off the back of multiple reports from individuals at the studio who are speaking out on social media about inappropriate behaviour from Mike Zaimont at Lab Zero Games.
Zaimont has spoken with Kotaku and said the following about the lay-offs:
“Unfortunately, Lab Zero was forced into layoffs because we were no longer able to meet our payroll obligations,” Zaimont told Kotaku via email. “It is not a decision I made lightly. I personally know how hard it can be to find employment in a poorly performing economy, but we have more debt than cash, and the last thing I would ever do is not pay my hard-working colleagues or our partners for their work. We are exploring all funding options in hopes of bringing those team members back, but right now that’s the reality.”
A former staff member and designer is currently raising money for those that have been made redundant. They’re selling physical sketchbooks to gather funds to help those effected by Lab Zero Games’ latest decisions surrounding the termination of employment contracts.