Former Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner Sues Company For Damages

by Imran Khan on Jun 16, 2018 at 04:24 PM

Telltale games is attempting to stand back up after a rocky year. After laying off a quarter of the entire company and promising to focus more on quality than quantity, the developer is trying to put games back as its focus with The Walking Dead's final season coming up and an announcement of a Stranger Things game. The company's past isn't entirely in the rear view mirror, however, as former CEO Kevin Bruner has filed suit for damages.

Bruner, who was co-founder of Telltale in 2004 and who served as CEO from 2015 to 2017, filed suit against Telltale on the basis that the company owed him informational support as he prepared to sell his holdings in common and preferred stock. Bruner claims that, after his ousting as CEO, the board went dark and didn't give him the information he needed to maximize his sale.

In response, Telltale told The Verge, which has previously reported on a toxic work culture at the company, that the studio “is now working to turn around the decline that it experienced under Plaintiff’s stewardship.”

[Source: Marin Independent Journal]


Our Take
Legal matters are difficult to parse, but it does seem like Telltale is looking to fight this suit. The initial suit has a number of redacted lines, so it is unlikely we'll find out much more until a verdict is handed down.