Lab Zero Games seems to have reached its end as the employees that remained have now been fired without a detailed plan for severance.
Last week, a number of employees at Lab Zero Games, the studio behind titles like Skullgirls and Indivisible, announced they would be leaving the company due to a toxic work environment that had come about in the wake of sexual harassment allegations levied at founder Mike Zaimont. In the wake of these moves, it seems as though the remainder of the employees that stayed at Lab Zero Games have now been forced to leave as well.
In a report detailed by Kotaku, the wide-scale departures at Lab Zero over the past week left the company with only 11 employees left in total. The attitude at the developer following these absences was said to be a negative one, which has now resulted in Zaimont laying off the remainder of the workers at Lab Zero.
In a statement given to Kotaku, Zaimont says that the studio “was forced into layoffs because we were no longer able to meet our payroll obligations.” He went on to say that as of now, “We are exploring all funding options in hopes of bringing those team members back, but right now that’s the reality.” The layoffs themselves took place last week onb August 25.
FYI Mariel has to do this because last week Mike laid off everyone who didn’t quit LZ, but hasn’t agreed to a severance for them yet. https://t.co/jmnZYlkYPU
— Persona 😎 (@personasama) September 2, 2020
The larger issue at play in this situation is that the developers that have been affected by the layoffs haven’t been informed of what form of severance they’ll receive. In its place, former LZG animator Mariel “Kinuko” Cartwright has been selling some sketchbooks to fans to help raise profits for the developers that were fired without warning.
Our best goes out to the former developers at Lab Zero Games who are now looking for work. We’ll keep you updated on this story if there are any further development.