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38 Studios founder Curt Schilling "busted his ass" in an attempt to get funding for his Amalur MMO Copernicus, and the former Boston Red Sox pitcher even approached Sony Online Entertainment for money, president of the EverQuest studio John Smedley said today on Twitter.
"Curt's only crime was believing in his own ability to will things to be better," Smedley said. "He busted ass trying to get funding."
Schilling approached SOE "many" times looking for money, but a deal was never made--despite Smedley's admiration for the game--because the project was deemed too risky, he said.
"The quality was undeniable. It was gorgeous. It had smart people working on it. It was just too expensive is all," Smedley said. It's not clear how much money specifically Schilling was hoping to raise for the game.
"The idea of suing someone when Chaffe's own comments were what poisoned the well at the end is beyond the pale," Smedley said, later calling Chafee an "idiot." "All [Chaffee] had to do was give Curt another week and we wouldn't be here today."
Smedley also addressed the controversial $75 million loan that brought 38 Studios to Rhode Island in 2010, saying it was unwise given the "risky" nature of online games.
"Dear people of Rhode Island. Look to your elected government for failing to protect you. That 38 studios deal just never should have been," Smedley said. "Public funds shouldn't be backing risky things like online games. If the fact that no other [venture capitalists] were investing wasn't enough of a clue then you damn well shouldn't be surprised by failure."
Smedley also took time to defend Schilling himself, saying people often forget that the man--recently diagnosed with cancer--invested millions of his own money into 38 Studios. "He put his own money where his mouth way," Smedley said.
The very public and years-long crumble of 38 Studios is expected to reach somewhat of a resolution tomorrow, when the Rhode Island House votes on legislation that will encourage out-of-court settlements in the lawsuit against Schilling and other architects of the loan.
Ubisoft today confirmed it is entering production on an animated/live-action Rabbids feature film, meaning the French publisher is now developing a total of six movies based on its tentpole franchises.
Films based on franchises like Assassin's Creed, Ghost Recon, Watch Dogs, Far Cry, and Splinter Cell are also in the works, Ubisoft confirmed previously. In all instances, Ubisoft will retain creative control.
Ubisoft's Motion Pictures label is making the Rabbids movie with Sony Pictures Entertainment, the mega group behind films like Spider-Man and James Bond movie Skyfall. No plot or casting details for the Rabbids movie were announced, but Ubisoft has promised that the film will maintain the "creative integrity" of the Rabbids franchise.
Given the nature of the Rabbids franchise, it's more than likely the film will be a light comedy aimed at a young audience. The Rabbids movie follows the series TV show Rabbids Invasion, which Ubisoft said draws 2 million viewers per episode in the United States and has been seen by a total of 165 million people worldwide since its debut five months ago.
The zany Rabbids franchise began as a video game, but has since grown to comic books and various other merchandise, as well as a special attraction at France's Futuroscope theme park. The latest game in the series was 2013's mobile title Rabbids Big Bang.
Two separate eBay auctions for iPhones with Flappy Bird installed have attracted dozens of bids, both of which have top bids so far of over $90,000. Creator Dong Nguyen pulled the game from app stores yesterday, meaning the mobile hit is now an instant collector's item.
Flappy Bird isn't exactly "rare," however, as it's been downloaded more than 50 million times. The brutally difficult but simply designed mobile game is still playable on your device if you've already downloaded it.
With six days to go, seller "pindrus" has received 74 bids for an iPhone 5S with a copy of the game. The top bid on that auction is $99,900. Separately, eBay seller "Kristenater91" has received 65 bids--with a top bid of $90,200--for an auction ending this evening.
It's possible that bids are being run up by trolls, as was the case with super rare NES game Nintendo World Championship late last month. We won't know for sure until the auctions end.
Nguyen removed Flappy Bird from iTunes and Google Play yesterday, saying its removal was not related to legal issues (it bears resemblances to the Super Mario franchise), but rather because "I cannot take this anymore," he said, referring to all the attention coming his way.
Nguyen is forgoing a major payday by pulling Flappy Birds, as he revealed last week that the game was pulling in an average of $50,000 per day in advertising revenue.