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Vodeo Games made headlines last fall when it became the first officially recognized video game association in North America. It was founded by Ash Vollmer, known for designing the popular mobile game Threes. Now the completely remote studio, consisting of around 13 full-time employees and a handful of contractors, is unfortunately closing down.
This was announced by the studio on Twitter. “We have some sad news to share: there will be no new Vodeo Games,” reads the announcement. “Unfortunately, the story is a familiar one for small studios.” The statement goes on to explain the reason for the closure of the studio: Vodeo has not been able to secure funding for its next project. Without it, it cannot continue. It’s not exactly a happy ending for a studio whose history contains a high note of unionism.
Before it closes for good, Vodeo Games will be working on a Steam release for its only game, Beast Breaker. Currently available on Nintendo Switch and PC via the Epic Games Store, Beast Breaker is a turn-based game where you break apart large, mosaic-like enemies using a variety of weapons. Steam players will be able to get their hands on it soon enough, and it should make for a great Steam Deck experience when the time comes. “We hope so [the Steam release] will bring our creation to many new players and continue to support our team as we all go our separate ways,” Vodeo Games’ statement concludes.
Vodeo Games was the first studio to come together, but this news is sometimes confused with Call of Duty studio Raven Software. In May 2022, Raven became the first major video game union at the triple-A level after a long-running battle with parent company Activision Blizzard. Of course, the company and its subsidiaries are in the process of being acquired by Xbox for nearly $70 billion, but Microsoft promised that this purchase would not affect union efforts on its end.