Sweatshop HD developer Littleloud closes doors
Brighton-based studio, Littleloud — best known for its work on the browser and iOS game Sweatshop HD as well as animated shorts The Curfew and The Diary of Anne Frank — is shutting down, according to a post on its website. The studio’s creative director, Darren Garrett wrote: “All good things must come to an end, and after thirteen years as one of the UK’s MOST AMAZING creative game and animation studios, we have decided to take our bow and say farewell.
“As anyone who’s done it can tell you, it’s hard work running a studio, and after a year of ups and downs, it felt like the right time to let it go and explore other creative ventures.”
Littleloud is a BAFTA-winning studio that primarily took on projects from Britain’s Channel 4, BBC Learning, BBC Radio and various film studios. Its most recent game —Sweatshop HD, an iOS port of its browser-based game, Sweatshop —was removed from the iTunes App Store in March for violating Apple’s guidelines. The strategy management game puts players in the shoes of a manager of a sweatshop, where they have to hire, fire, exploit and abuse workers in order to maintain an efficient factory. Which obviously didn’t go over well with Apple.
Garrett said most of the studio’s employees have gone on to find work already, while he and Simon Parkin are working to finish the studio’s last game, Sticks and Stones.