Six days ago, the news broke that Disney had severed its ties with Marvel Heroes developer Gazillion Entertainment, terminating their ten-year deal early. Overnight, however, it appears that the developer has made a large number of layoffs, which according to Twitter reports could be the entire staff.
On Wednesday evening, the day before Thanksgiving in the US, staff started posting on Twitter with news of zero severance packages and loos of other earnings and insurances due to the mass termination of employment from the California-based developer.
Today we were told no severance. Not even paying out PTO. Good job, Gaz. I feared this would happen so I appreciate all the support you've given to shasta :https://t.co/aWyk0ja8Jh
— Anthony Gallegos (@Chufmoney) November 23, 2017
I know a lot of people are upset and wanting refunds for their purchases in @MarvelHeroes, but please keep in mind the developers were not paid out PTO, severance, and our medical insurance is ending in 8 days.
— Andrew Hair (@andrewhair) November 22, 2017
Officially unemployed on the day before thanksgiving.
— ɹǝuoƃƃɐʍ uɐᴉɹq (@Asros) November 22, 2017
Brian Waggoner has also posted many tweets detailing what would have been coming next for the Marvel Heroes games and retweeted several stories and helpful tweets from other developers looking to take on staff, including Blizzard and Bethesda.
Develop has reached out to Gazillion Entertainment for a statement regarding the layoffs.