Former Telltale CEO Sues Telltale Games

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Might not be the most exciting story today, but this feels like a bit we need to cover. Last month, Telltale delayed The Wolf Among Us 2 until 2019 due to vague “we’re making it better we promise” reasons. This comes at the end of a year or two of reports that life at Telltale is not going well, and that the internal operations have become increasingly toxic. Kevin Bruner, who helped launch the company in 2004, started as chief technology officer before becoming CEO in January 2015, and was forced out last year. Now he’s suing Telltale for how his removal was handled. It’s pretty complicated.

The basic gist is that last November, Bruner was replaced as CEO but was kept on the board of directors at Telltale. As this shift happened, Telltale let 90 employees go. Early in 2018, the deep-dive articles started coming out, revealing how bad the situation at Telltale had become (under Bruner’s time in charge.) Then, a third CEO was appointed, and Bruner was finally pushed off of the board because his stock no longer held the required percentage of control in the company to vote on big decisions.

“The net effect of Bruner’s alleged removal from the board of directors was that Bruner was deprived of relevant insight into the management and financial state of Telltale and the value of its shares,” the lawsuit says. But Telltale claims the lawsuit is meritless and merely an act of revenge.

In mid-July, the case moves forward, and we’ll see how this impacts the future of Telltale Games and Telltale’s games.

In other recent Telltale news, Netflix has agreed to a license swap with the game company, exchanging Minecraft for Stranger Things — which means, yes, Telltale is doing a Stranger Things game. Also, the final season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead enters your bloodstream in mid-August.

10 Comments

  1. Konservenknilch says:

    Pretty sad. I miss the TellTale of Sam&Max and ToMI days.

  2. Freud says:

    Telltale will remember this.

  3. 111uminate says:

    The guy is a scumbag and I hope he gets what’s coming to him.

    • airmikee99 says:

      He’s suing the company, not the other way around. There aren’t many consequences for filing a lawsuit.

      • Phantom_Renegade says:

        Countersuits are pretty common though.

      • April March says:

        The consequences depend a lot on the situation surrounding the lawsuit (and how they come to light), and how evil the judge is feeling when they deliver their sentence. It’s unlikely anything will happen, but if it’s as frivolous as it seems, we’ll never know.

    • Jdopus says:

      His lawsuit may have some merit. He alleges that the company blocked him from financial information that he’s legally entitled to as a shareholder and board member due to the fall out. This is information a board member and shareholder is legally entitled to. Of course it could be malicious since there are no facts yet.

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