Ex-Red Sox pitcher’s RI gaming firm lays off staff



PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s faltering Rhode Island video game company has laid off its entire staff.

An email sent by the 38 Studios company to workers and obtained by The Associated Press says they were notified of the “non-voluntary and non-disciplinary” layoffs Thursday.

38 Studios moved from Massachusetts in 2010 after Rhode Island offered a $75 million loan guarantee officials said would bring jobs and tax revenue. The company was late this month on a $1.1 million payment to the state economic development agency.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY’-fee) was set to brief reporters on his efforts to help the company Thursday evening. The state could be responsible for paying some of 38 Studios’ debts should it collapse.

Messages left with Schilling on Thursday haven’t been returned. Schilling also pitched for Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia and Arizona.