There have been a lot of layoffs in the Boston area gaming industry lately, culminating most recently with Irrational announcing that it’s effectively shutting down the studio as we know it.
Most of the developers laid off are probably wondering “What am I going to do next?”, and some are considering going indie and releasing their own games. Meanwhile we’re in the process of setting up an indie game seed fund designed to support Boston area indie teams, though we’re not quite ready to start taking on applications for that yet as we’re still getting our ducks in a row.
However sometimes you need to strike while the iron is hot and we can’t sit by and watch all this potential development talent evaporate, especially considering our mission to help other indie devs. So we’re going to do what we can to help!
We’re offering free desk space to recently laid off devs who are planning on going full time indie. It’s a simple deal, and we’re hoping that it’ll help make the independent transition easier for those planning on making the switch.
- What you get: a desk, a chair, and you can potentially borrow some of our space equipment (I know we have a bunch of monitors and old computers lying around). You get access when we’re here, 10-7 M-F. Oh, and it’s an awesome work environment where you can focus and get your shit done.
- This isn’t part of the accelerator program, nor is doing this a precursor to getting in. It’s just free desk space.
- There’s no catch, you don’t owe us anything. We’re doing this out of the goodness of our hearts, and also the fact that we have some open desk space anyway
- If you want to apply e-mail freedesks [at] firehosegames [dot] com, tell us who you are, what your indie plans are, and why you should get the a desk.
I hope the silver lining of these layoffs are that we get more great indie games out of Boston!