By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun
6:35 PM EDT, March 21, 2013
Epic Games Inc., a North Carolina-based video game manufacturer, closed its office in Baltimore County last month, laying off 40 employees, Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Thursday.
Epic announced in August it was opening Impossible Studios in Hunt Valley, hiring 36 employees, some of whom had lost their jobs months earlier at Big Huge Games of Timonium.
Big Huge closed in May after its parent company, 38 Studios, abruptly shut down because of financial problems. Former Orioles and Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling launched 38 Studios in 2006, and the company filed for bankruptcy last summer.
Epic declined to comment beyond a statement posted on the company's website Feb. 8 by founder Tim Sweeney.
"When former members of Big Huge Games approached Epic last year, we saw the opportunity to help a great group of people while putting them to work on a project that needed a team," Sweeney wrote. "It was a bold initiative and the Impossible folks made a gallant effort, but ultimately it wasn't working out for Epic.
Laid-off workers received three months' severance, he said.
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