Business

Around the Region

Governor Chafee says Schilling is ‘stonewalling’

Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee said Tuesday that former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s troubled video game company has been “stonewalling” state officials trying to find out what happened to the company.

“There’s been a lot of stonewalling going on,” Chafee said on former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci’s radio talk show on WPRO-AM. “It’s been difficult to deal with them.”

Advertisement

Rhode Island lured 38 Studios from Massachusetts with a $75 million loan guarantee in 2010. But 38 Studios has asked the state to approve millions more in state tax credits — which 38 Studios could sell to other companies — to help keep the Providence company afloat.

Chafee said his administration has held up releasing the tax credits until it can find out more about the company’s future and to make sure the money won’t be squandered. Schilling’s company has qualified for $2.1 million in tax credits and applied for another $6 million on Friday.

“We were able to stop immediate access to millions more in tax credits,” Chafee said Tuesday. “We have to have a high degree of confidence that it was going to lead somewhere.”

The company set off alarms in the state after it belatedly made a $1.1 million loan payment due May 1 and told state officials it would be unable to make its payroll last week. It has also started to lay off some workers, Chafee said Monday.

Chafee said the company ran into trouble attracting outside investors after sales for its first game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, fell short of the company’s hopes. “If that was successful, that's when the private money would have gone in,” Chafee said. “Kingdoms of Amalur did not perform.”

Advertisement

The company needs the money because it has been spending tens of millions of dollars developing a more ambitious multiplayer online game, code-named Copernicus.

The company hasn’t returned calls and e-mail from reporters. But Schilling praised the company’s staff for their ‘‘breathtaking resilience” on Facebook Tuesday.

Loading comments...
You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.