"I had the good fortune of seeing the game. It looked great. If that idiot Governor Chafee hadn't trash talked right at the time Curt was trying to get funding you would be playing the game now."- Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley says that it was the fault of the Rhode Island government and Governor Lincoln Chafee that 38 Studios went under, not Curt Schilling's. Back in 2012, Kingdoms of Amalur team 38 Studios collapsed, causing great troubles for the state of Rhode Island, which had loaned the company $75 million for follow-up Project Copernicus. Chafee was a vocal proponent in the downfall, stating time and time again that giving that amount of money to Curt Schilling's studio was a terrible idea. Now SOE president Smedley has hit back at the Governor, blaming him for the final demise of 38 Studios. In a long series of tweets, Smedley agreed with Chafee that the original funding never should have taken place -- but noted that Schilling could potentially have found additional funding for the studio's Project Copernicus and saved the company if Chafee hadn't kept sticking the knife in. "The idea of suing someone when Chaffe's own comments were what poisoned the well at the end is beyond the pale," he said. "All he had to do was give Curt another week and we wouldn't be here today." Smedley claims that Schilling approached SOE many times for funding before the Rhode Island loan had taken place, and while Smedley loved the idea of the game, "the economics were too tough to make work for us." "This is a business where risks are large," he added. "We had enough balls in the air. More risk was too much for us. It was gorgeous. It had smart people working on it. It was just too expensive is all."
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Blame Rhode Island gov't for 38 Studios downfall, says SOE's Smedley
"If that idiot Governor Chafee hadn't trash talked right at the time Curt was trying to get funding you would be playing the game now." - SOE's John Smedley discusses the downfall of 38 Studios.