Gazillion is dead and Marvel Heroes is shutting down Friday, NOT at the end of the year

Massively OP has received a credible tip from a former Gazillion employee who told us under condition of anonymity that Marvel Heroes will be over significantly sooner than Disney and Marvel previously declared.

The ex-employee says he was terminated as of today, that Gazillion is being shut down entirely, and that Marvel Heroes will sunset this coming Friday, not at the end of the year as originally announced.

The termination letter written by CEO Dave Dohrmann was shared with Massively OP and claims that banking creditors have effectively pulled the plug on the company, leading to the termination of almost every employee at the studio and the apparent renege of benefits including accrued PTO.

A representative for Marvel told us last week that the game would remain online until the end of December, but the letter says that Marvel directed Gazillion to prepare the sunset ASAP; we expect an announcement soon. You can read up on the whole sorry saga in our last summary.

We have reached out to Gazillion, Marvel, and Disney for comment. Our hearts go out to the innocent devs whose holidays and lives just got flung into turmoil.

Update: Former Gaz gameplay engineer Andrew Hair has now publicly cross-corroborated on Twitter parts of the letter we received from our source. “I know a lot of people are upset and wanting refunds for their purchases in Marvel Heroes,” he wrote, “but please keep in mind the developers were not paid out PTO, severance, and our medical insurance is ending in 8 days.”
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Marvel lawyer number 1….”Ever wonder why we take a pittance from these subcontractor license agreements?”.

Marvel lawyer number 2, “It has crossed my mind. We could be making ALL the profit if we had our own in house publisher for MMO’s.”

Marvel lawyer number 1, “Gazillion’s license renewal is coming up in a few months.”

Marvel Lawyer number 2, “…..Hmmm, You thinking what I am thinking?”.

Marvel Lawyer number 1, “….heh….”.

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Humble DG

The next story is did anyone profit more by closing early and with the “debt collectors” on the prowl? It would seem odd that Marvel would just say shut it down now knowing that closing something that already agreed to close at the end of the year, would just come off looking terrible from a PR perspective. Something doesn’t add up.

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Paul Hurtado

Just confirmed with my cousin who works (worked) at Gazillion that yes, they laid off everyone, and the game is likely to shut down on or by Monday. Sucks, Merry Christmas to them I guess. :(

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wratts

Still up as of Saturday 7:00 am CT, at least on PS4

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CasualSlacks

Same on PC.

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Datom

Logged in today and got my highest hero, Colossus, to 60. It was bittersweet. Goodbye Marvel Heroes.

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Pingly

I can see a GAME shutting down…but how did this nuke an entire company? Plenty of companies have licenses and then move on to other things. Wonder why they couldn’t keep going? Or is this the owner taking his football when he gets called home?

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the_balance

Cost/Benefit – no reason to use one of the most valuable IP’s in the history of everything to make a game that’s not, at least, as profitable as other endeavors. The effort(s) can be better spent elsewhere.

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mike foster

If any Gazillion devs are reading this: Riot always needs people, especially artists, designers, and engineers.

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Armsman

Update: Former Gaz gameplay engineer Andrew Hair has now publicly cross-corroborated on Twitter parts of the letter we received from our source. “I know a lot of people are upset and wanting refunds for their purchases in Marvel Heroes,” he wrote, “but please keep in mind the developers were not paid out PTO, severance, and our medical insurance is ending in 8 days.”

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Sucks that they lost Paid Time Off benefits at termination, but that doesn’t excuse the Company from knowingly continuing to charge for items and Gazillion saying “It’s all fine” for about a full month and effectively now ripping off customers who were initially told by both Gazillion and Disney the game would run through December 2017.

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NeoWolf

And what do we think the chances are that the suits are not getting PTO, severence, medical insurance etc? Somehow I doubt they will be suffering like they are making their hard working devs.

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miol

What a week! o.O

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McGuffn

Wait, Ark is getting a sequel and not just those expansions? What this list is missing is Star Citizen drama. Maybe they can announce a sequel too.

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Tobasco da Gama

I really hope somebody snaps up all those Gazillion devs before Christmas.