Filed under: Business Models , Culture , Interviews , MMO Industry , News Items , Opinion A few days ago we reported on RIFT’s impending free-to-play conversion, followed by the news that Trion was undergoing a second set of apparently unrelated layoffs. Former Trion studio GM and CCO Scott Hartsman responded to the layoffs on Twitter, intimating that aspects of the gaming industry are “fundamentally broken.” After we invited your thoughts on that same subject in a Daily Grind earlier this week, we contacted Hartsman in the hopes of getting him to elaborate. Join us after the cut for the resulting interview.
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Hartsman: ‘The traditional AAA style of development and distribution’ is broken