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Team Bondi will be shuttered
Posted: 06.10.2011 00:37 by Comments: 1
Team Bondi will officially be shuttered, GameSpot is reporting. After Team Bondi was placed into administration, with control handed off to a separate entity, it seems that according to Australian government documents the total closure of Team Bondie is inevitable.

According to GameSpot, "Multiple documents regarding Team Bondi have been filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission today, including one appointing a liquidator to the studio. A 'special resolution to wind up company' was also filed today with the government agency."

The downfall of the development studio began when the International Game Developers Associations (IGDA) investigated serious complaints about working conditions and credits omissions. Ex-Team Bondi employees told horror stories of the studio's alleged horrid work ethic's, even forcing employees to work 100 hour weeks.

The PC version of L.A. Noire, which will be released on November 8, but it's being worked on by Rockstar Leeds, not Team Bondie, and since the IP is owned by Rockstar, the dissolution of Team Bondi won't spell the end of L.A. Noire.
Source: GameSpot
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By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 06, 2011
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An Australian TV videogame show called "Good Game" did a semi-investigative piece on this on Tuesday night, interviewing a couple of ex-employees (with faces darkened and voices altered) and a Consumer Group Rep. It's a very bad mark for Australia where videogame development is concerned, and this sort of thing, combined with a strong Aussie dollar and firm economy will make gaimg development here even harder here. *breathe*
Aside from the unpaid overtime and weekend work, anyone who left or was forced to leave before the completion of the game not only had their names left off the credits (very important for Devs looking to work elsewhere) but did not receive any payments owed. Nasty state of affairs.