When Electronic Arts bought up PopCap Games back in July of last year, folks made jokes about how EA would push things like Bejeweled DLC that changed the color of the gems, but the laughter contained a kernel of truth. There was always some concern that a purchase would mean PopCap employees losing their jobs. It's taken a bit, but those concerns have finally come to fruition: PopCap Dublin has been closed, leaving 96 former employees without a job.
Big Huge Games, a wholly owned subsidiary of parent company 38 Studios, released Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning to decent sales figures this year. But it apparently wasn't enough to keep them afloat. You see, 38 Studios, run by Curt Schilling, accepted a $75 million dollar loan from Rhode Island to move the operation to the state. And then, more recently, the studio failed to make a $1.125 million loan repayment. And now, both 38 Studios and Big Huge Games are gone.