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There was no seduction. Rhode Island welcomed 38 Studios, and some power players in Rhode Island made a fortune exploiting the deal. Schilling went down there believing it would save the company. They also put untenable requirements and restrictions on 38 n exchange for the funds. A true clusterf***.
Some of the RI people behind the scenes were licking their lips (or vulture beaks, I guess), circling overhead to feast on the easy and naive businessman who thought he knew what he didn't know.
I blame Curt for what happened internally to the employees - he has to take responsibility for that. He kept believing he could pitch his way out of the bottom of the 9th, but business doesn't work like that. Rhode Island was a s***show - I'd go so far as to call it a trap - for 38 from the beginning.
Depends who you listen to and who you believe. Carcieri was surely influenced by Schilings star power and believed it would be an easy way to jump start the economy, Schilling had no experience in the video game business never mind a venture this ambitious. He spent a load of money on "38 Studios" infrastructure and then paid for the relocation of video game "experts"...
It was all for naught as he failed miserably, he did it his way... then of course he blamed RI Politicians which seems to be trend these days.. there is a lot of responsibility for this cluster f... spread amongst Schilling, Carcieri and the RI Legislature.. they never should have funded this project, particularly based on what they thought was a "good idea"...