Making video games is a rewarding, but volatile profession. Although gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry, many people who work on the development side of things have to endure poor work conditions, with long hours and the threat of studio closure constantly hanging over their heads. This isn’t the case at every development studio, of course, but in just the span of a few decades, hundreds of companies have had to close their doors for good, putting many talented people out of a job.
The bright side to all of this is that the industry is so large that many of these people are able to find work elsewhere, but the loss of entire teams still hits hard, especially when those teams are responsible for creating some incredible video games. Here are 15 gaming companies we wish were still in operation.