The Banner Saga Publisher Versus Evil Has Been Shut Down and Its Entire Staff Has Been Laid Off

Another company and its employees have fallen victim to what appears to be one of the worst years ever for employment in the gaming industry, Versus Evil.

The Baltimore, Maryland-based publisher announced its shutdown today on X (formerly Twitter).

The brief message thanks the fans for their support but doesn’t explain the reason for the closure.

Lil’ Guardsman by Hilltop Studios was one of the most recent games in development under Versus Evil’s umbrella.

Below you can read it in its entirety.

Today is a sad day. After 10 wonderful years, Versus Evil is shutting its doors. We’ve loved bringing you the best indie games we could find & sharing so many happy memories with you all, our amazing community! From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for everything!

More color was provided by Head of Production Lance James and Marketing & Community Manager Lauren Clare who mentioned that the entire staff of the publisher has been laid off by parent company tinyBuild.

Versus Evil started operations in 2013 publishing Stoic Studios’ The Banner Saga: Factions, followed by the first mainline game of the popular series. 

It then published plenty of games including Obsidian Entertainment’s Pillars of Eternity II: DeadfireArmikrog, and many more. 

Among its upcoming lineup, Versus Evil had Lil’ Guardsman by Hilltop Studios, which was revealed in June at the Guerrilla Collective showcase.

The timing for the closure of the company is certainly strange, considering that its parent tinyBuilds just received a sizable investment from Atari. At the moment, we do not know if there is a connection between the investment and the closure of Versus Evil. 

tinyBuild suffered its own wave of layoffs recently, and the two companies were involved in a legal dispute over owed funds, which was settled. 

Many companies have been affected by layoffs and closures this year. Just a few days ago, we learned that Team Kaiju has been closed by Tencent, causing part of its staff to lose their jobs.