The Vatham development studio closed at the end of the month amid allegations of workplace abuse

2022-06-21 0 By

Funomena, maker of adventure game Vatham, is reportedly shutting down less than two weeks after allegations of workplace abuse led to an investigation.The news was revealed by Chris Bratt of People Make Games.He has previously reported allegations of mismanagement, emotional manipulation and an “oppressive” workplace culture at studios Funomena, Mountains and Fullbright.Chris Bratt tweeted: “I’m happy to report Funomena will be closing at the end of this month, all contractors were laid off last Wednesday…The announcement came as a surprise to many employees who are now looking for other jobs, with their last paycheck due this Friday.”Previous reporting by People Make Games included interviews with former Funomena employees, who alleged that founder Robin Hunicke emotionally abused employees and often used their personal information “in a humiliating or completely unprofessional manner.”The report prompted at least one former employee to share a similar experience with Hnicke on social media.Funomena has yet to confirm or publicly comment on the reported shutdown, but Hunicke acknowledged last week’s People Make Games report, tweeting that “leadership is a journey, and often a difficult one.””I am sad to know that people have been hurt by my mistakes,” Hunicke wrote. “I am truly sorry.Now I’m spending time talking to people, focusing on the feedback everyone is sharing and figuring out what’s next.”