After Curt Schilling's game company, 38 Studios, failed to make a payment on its business loan to Rhode Island on May 1, today's announcement that the entire 350+ person staff had been let go didn't come as much of a surprise. What has the industry talking today is how Twitter is being used to quickly snap up the suddenly available talent from the studio.
Social media sites from Facebook to LinkedIn have been instrumental in helping people land jobs, but Twitter is now stepping up with its real time stream to give job seekers and job providers quicker access to each other. Ex-employees are tweeting out links to their resumes while game studios looking to beef up their ranks are tweeting contact information as well as open positions. The hashtag #38jobs is being used in every tweet to easily follow all the Twitter activity and is currently trending on the official site.
Not only jobs are being exchanged, but support, too. "I'm never let down by the massive family that we call the gaming industry and how they come together in times of need," says Travis McGeathy, former Design Director at the now defunct game studio. "38 Studios has some absolutely amazing talent and people will be lucky to have them on their teams. Thank you to everyone out there helping them find new homes." Though the sudden closure of the studio is unfortunate, at least Twitter is helping those in need to quickly find new work.
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