Because playing Battletech wouldn’t be half as fun if you knew who’d be publishing it next year. Apparently Catalyst has been successful, and so have those who like getting free money.

Original rumor-mill spawn point

Catalyst Game Lab’s press release (response)

ClassicBattletech.com forum chatter

There’s also word of several voluntary key departures including an operations manager, a book keeper and a lead (print) designer.

Adam Jury: No longer with Catalyst Game Labs/IMR

[originally seen on Scrapyard Armory]

(Updated with links)

(Updated with legal action 04/22)

http://mxyzplk.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/the-hammer-comes-down-on-catalyst-games/

2 Responses to “Drama : UPDATE”

  1. Skyhigh says:

    Released by Catalyst within 24 hours after that post on Dumpshock

    Catalyst Game Labs Press Release

    For Immediate Release

    Catalyst Game Labs recently completed a detailed financial review of the company. We learned that over the past several years the company has achieved dramatic growth in terms of demand, increased total revenues and strong sales with an increasing market share in the gaming industry, despite a lackluster economy. We are thrilled by that news and are eager to move forward with our upcoming original game Leviathans, along with our other new casual games. We also remain committed to plans for our beloved licensed games: Shadowrun, BattleTech, Eclipse Phase, and CthuluTech.

    While we wish the review had only uncovered positive news, we also discovered our accounting procedures had not been updated as the company continued to grow. The result was that business funds had been co-mingled with the personal funds of one of the owners. We believe the missing funds were the result of bad habits that began alongside the creation of the company, which was initially a small hobby group. Upon further investigation, in which the owner has willingly participated, the owner in question now owes the company a significant balance and is working to help rectify the situation.

    The current group of owners was presented with this information on Monday. Administrative organization for the company is under review, and accounting procedures have been restructured, to correct the situation and provide more stringent oversight. We feel the management team at Catalyst did the responsible thing by seeking this financial review and we will continue to restructure as needed. We are in discussions with our partners and freelancers to remedy any back payments that may also be due as a result of this review.

    We are embarrassed that this situation did occur but we hope our eagerness to make these changes, along with our reputation for making great games, will encourage you to stand by us. We understand that for a few employees the news was too stressful and we wish them all the best in their new endeavors. However, the majority of the team remains and will continue to bring great entertainment to you all. We appreciate the support our friends, freelancers, and fans have provided us in the past and look forward to a successful future.

  2. Ian says:

    The result was that business funds had been co-mingled with the personal funds of one of the owners.

    For flechs readers, the specifics of this ‘co-mingling’ charted out can be found here. (Scroll Down)

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