Due to continued gross incompetence, Mattel unsurprisingly
posted a pre-tax loss of more than $200 million last year.
In a typical corporate blend of greed, incompetence, and
short-sightedness, Mattel is selling off / breaking up some
of its most recent acquisitions to generate some quick cash
and fool the shareholders into thinking that they are
actually a responsible corporation.
Mattel is breaking up the Learning Co, shutting down the
Mindscape and Red Orb divisions, and gutting SSI to turn it
into a "brand" for strategy and role-playing games (which,
given the HotWheels/Barbie core market of Mattel, won't
If anyone here knows anyone at SSI, it might be a good idea
to get some kind of dialog going with them, to help them
brainstorm a way to reacquire themselves back from Mattel --
because if they don't, it is only a matter of time before
Mattel gives the developers walking papers, one at a time.... and then the synergy that is SSI will be gone
Perhaps some of the core team might be able to band together and start a new company some day, but it won't be
any time soon -- the sooner they extract an intact company
from Mattel, the better.