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Curt Schilling's Video Game Studio Files for Bankruptcy

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 10:  Curt Schilling, former member of the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks World Series team walks in the dugout before the Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field on September 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their World Series title. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IJune 7, 2012

38 Studios, the video game company owned by former MLB star Curt Schilling, has filed for bankruptcy today.

According to an Associated Press report (via NBCSports), the studio, named after Schilling’s uniform number, went to bankruptcy court in Delaware on Thursday and had to lay off its entire workforce in May.

In 2010, Schilling's company, originally known as Green Monster Games, moved its headquarters from downtown Maynard, Mass., to Providence, R.I., after being given $75 million in loans from the state. They had promised to create 450 jobs by the end of this year. 

The news of bankruptcy coincides with a police investigation being conducted by both state and federal authorities.

According to Mike Stanton of The Providence Journal, Col. Steven G. O’Donnell of the Rhode Island State police admitted that his agency, the FBI and US Attorney’s office "are working together to investigate activities that have recently come to light at 38 Studios."

O’Donnell is referencing the state loan as well as another $8.5M loan from Bank RI.

The company is currently late on a $1.1 million payment that it owes to Rhode Island, and it is looking likely that the state will have to deal with some debts left by the studio.

Schilling reportedly could not be reached for comment on the bankruptcy filing or police investigation.

The studio released just a single game during its existence, 2012’s Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.  

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