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Telltale's death knells continue to ring as the studio's games are pulled from Steam

Image: Kotaku (Back to the Future by Telltale Games)
Image: Kotaku (Back to the Future by Telltale Games)
As the studio winds up and begins liquidating assets, Telltale has apparently pulled some of its titles from Steam. Back to the Future and Jurassic Park (among others) are no longer available for purchase, though some of their bigger games like Game of Thrones can still be bought through Steam.
Sam Medley,

Despite stating the contrary, Telltale Games is indeed closing up shop permanently. The process seems to be happening sooner than expected; the studio has already begun to pull down some of its titles from Steam.

As GameDaily reports, Telltale has already begun the process of liquidating its assets to appease creditors through assignment proceedings. Assignment differs from bankruptcy in a few ways. Primarily, assignment indicated that the company will be able to pay off and creditors with cash on hand or through the sale of assets. However, the end result is much the same; the company will shut down.

Possibly due to the sale of assets, certain Telltale titles are no longer available on Steam. Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and Tales of Monkey Island have all been removed from the platform. Interestingly, some of the studio’s larger games are still available for purchase. Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode are all still up and running. Telltale has struck a deal with Skybound Games, co-founded by The Walking Dead creator  Robert Kirkman, to finish the last chapter of The Walking Dead episodic series of games.

There’s quite a bit more disappointing news surrounding Telltale. For one, the company will terminate the COBRA post-employment insurance it is required to offer employees that were laid off at the end of November, meaning that the company has no cash left to fund COBRA. Telltale CEO Pete Hawley has deleted or hidden his Twitter account. A former employee is suing Telltale in California state and federal court for mishandling the layoffs. Any way you cut it, Telltale and its former employees have a steep uphill climb just to get out the hole they’ve fallen into.


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Sam Medley - Senior Tech Writer - 1171 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2018-11-17 (Update: 2018-11-17)