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Stranger Things games developer BonusXP announced to shut operations

Stranger Things games developer BonuXP announced to shut operations
BonusXP has reportedly laid off its entire workforce.


American video game development studio BonusXP announced on Thursday to shut down its operations. The company, which gained recognition for its work on the mobile game “Stranger Things: The Game,” has not given any reason for the sudden closer of its business.


“We have begun the difficult process of ceasing operations at BonusXP. We have enjoyed making games for you over the last 11 years,” the company wrote on Twitter. “Our focus is on helping our team find their next opportunities,” it added. BonusXP’s website was also not working at the time of writing this article.


Dave Pottinger, John Evanson, and Jason Sallenbach launched BonusXP in 2012; they were formerly key contributors to the group that created the critically acclaimed game “Age of Empires.” The company developed games for platforms including mobile, PC, and console.


Even while the company is not as well-known as some of the bigger game development studios, it received recognition for its work on the 2017-released mobile game based on the wildly popular Netflix series Stranger Things. The video game’s aesthetics, gameplay, and faithfulness to the source material all garnered positive reviews.


Another game developed by the studio that was based on Netflix’s fantasy-adventure series – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics – was launched in 2020. The game was released across platforms, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and macOS.


Meanwhile, a TechCrunch report highlighted that the studio laid off its entire team. “If you are looking for great game talent, please contact us at info@bonusxp.com,” the game development company said on its social media posts.

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