Former Telltale CEO sues company for "breach of contract"

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    telltale games.

    Things haven't been easy for Telltale Games Studio, makers of The Walking Dead game series, Minecraft: Story Mode, The Wolf Among Us, and more. Last year, the company had to fire 25% of its team. Earlier this year, they also delayed one of their major upcoming games, The Wolf Among Us Season 2. Now, the ex-CEO and original co-founder of the company, Kevin Bruner, is trying to take Telltale to court, stating that the development company removed him from its Board of Directors without a fair vote, and slowly cut off communication with him. Telltale has hired lawyers to fight this claim, saying that Bruner has no ground to stand on for this case, and that he's extracting revenge on an already strained studio. When the suit reached a judge, the case wasn't thrown out like Telltale had hoped. An investigation will occur this July, with a case management conference scheduled for July 17.

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  1. VitaType

    VitaType GBAtemp Maniac

    Jul 16, 2016
    I'm not a big fan of covering this kind of news before something is settled to be honest. This news isn't really important in the sense that anyone here would/should change the behaviour towards that company until everything is investigated, yet some people will connect this negative news to the company even if it turns out that what Kevin Bruner accuses Telltale for isn't true.
    I hope you made a note about reporting a front-page news here once the judgment is done :)

    Didn't knew Telltale has such large financial problems. There games shouldn't cost that much to make (compared to AAA games), yet I heard so many people positively speak about this games. :O
  2. Chary

    Chary Never sleeps.

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    Me either, but with upcoming announced games at E3 like Stranger Things by Telltale, and the upcoming side stories to Minecraft Story Mode, and Wolf Among Us, coupled with how the company is struggling (which was revealed by the lawyer today, and I dont think it was public knowledge before), I think it's interesting enough for discussion. I'll of course make another thread later when the proceedings are over.
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  3. SkittleDash

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    Welp, this should be interesting. I'm just going to sit back and watch it all play out. Who do you think will win the case? Bruner or Telltale?
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  4. JellyPerson


    Jul 26, 2017
    Korea, North
    Bruner, the new Bluehole.
  5. LittleFlame

    LittleFlame I was way off, you guys suck

    Jan 30, 2015
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    Kevin will remember this
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  6. JellyPerson


    Jul 26, 2017
    Korea, North
    Telltale Games will remember this
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  7. Darksabre72

    Darksabre72 Blue Falcon

    Nov 26, 2016
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    well it hard to say, but i will say bruner will win
  8. Bimmel

    Bimmel ~ Game Soundtrack Collector ~

    Jan 28, 2014
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    Telltale is the wolf among us! Shots fired.
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  9. Joe88

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    Jan 6, 2008
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    Wasnt aware all this was going on, thought they were doing well because of all the tv commercials I saw for the TWD because indie studios cant usually afford tv time.
  10. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    I am never sure what to make of these sorts of things. Like a few years back various execs in one place were caught completely red faced, pants around ankles, hand in proverbial cookie jar, bag of swag over their shoulder... and fired as you might expect. However while never they never contested the inappropriate dealings said firing was not done "properly" so they sued and won a settlement.

    As game company CEOs tend not to care about games, instead being a CEO as one is seemingly expected to be, then I am wary. I shall await the results.

    As far as reporting on it then something which speaks to the state of a company like that I absolutely want to know about.
  11. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Sep 13, 2009
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    I like TellTale games, in fact, the "interactive story" genre is one of my favourite ways to "chill out", but let's be serious here. If your studio repeatedly lands contracts for the world's largest IP's including, but not limited to, Batman, The Walking Dead, Minecraft and Borderlands, manages to quickly make and release critically-acclaimed and best-selling games on just about all the platforms available, including consoles, PC and mobile, and you still have to lay off a quarter of your staff, your company is grossly mismanaged and you probably need to be taken down a peg or two. TellTale should be swimming in dough, they have no excuse. If anything, they do need to hire a CEO - someone from the outside who knows how to manage money. Making good games is all well and good, but you can't make any once you fire everyone and the coffers are empty.
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  12. FAST6191

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    While I don't necessarily disagree, and opt for a rather Darwinistic approach when it comes to nice luxury entertainment industries, I would at least have to point at the history of such things and ponder. In this case such licensing deals tend not to be all that favourable for the little guy (between no merch and companies these days actually recognising games as something worth doing right and commonly coming with high payback then yeah), and game design is something of a race to outbid each other industry (there are some nice case studies with special/visual effects houses in more conventional video, to say nothing of all the other creative fields doing a "keep the lights on"/subsistence style gig over the... millennia).
  13. lincruste

    lincruste GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 13, 2008
    Trivias: developper Ben Ingram who made the Telltale Games engine is the same Ben Ingram who published the incredible NeoDS emulator back in the days.
    He used hardware texture mapping on triangles to emulate Neo Geo sprites and achieved an amazing 80% of full speed on this 4 MB ram, 66/33 MHz arm cpus handheld from 2004.
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