Phil Fish Says His Company Polytron and the FEZ IP Are For Sale

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So if you’re an avid Niche Gamer reader, or if you’re somewhat in-the-know as far as the gaming industry goes, you’ve probably heard of Phil Fish. Professionally, he’s the creative mind behind the hit indie game FEZ. Unprofessionally, he’s a huge baby on Twitter.

Well, he and his company Polytron were allegedly doxxed by 4chan’s /v/ board, and much of his personal information—including passwords for many of his accounts—were made public. He took to his Twitter, posting some very final and negative messages.

Additionally, he posted a harangue about the current state of the game industry. His twitter is now private, but it went as follows:

“this is videogames.

this is what i get

this is unacceptable

this is not okay


never again, you hear me? never again.

this is videogames

this is your audience

to every aspiring game developer out there: don’t. give up. it’s not worth it.

nothing is worth this.

give up on your dreams. they are actually nightmares.

just don’t do it.


Now, that’s awfully encouraging, isn’t it? I won’t say that Phil deserved to be doxxed like that, I don’t think anyone does. Being that connected, and having your livelihood live and die by the power of the internet has its disadvantages. I think the real lesson here is to not be a douche on Twitter after you develop a game.

Perhaps if someone does indeed buy Polytron and the FEZ license, FEZ 2 will potentially see the light of day. This is because we all know Phil isn’t going to make it.

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  1. Nin
    August 22, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Technically, the hacker identified himself as part of /V/.

    That aside, I’m surprised how far this controversy has gone. I feel guilty for buying Fez even if it was on a Steam sale. The kicker is that my laptop is too low performance to even play the game.

  2. bf313
    August 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

    One of the things I find funniest things about Phil Fish and his inability to keep his shit together is how he tries to play it off as if it’s always everyone elses problem and how he’s always the victim.

    So Phil lets look at a guy like Suda 51 who has had to deal with low sales, poor/biased reviews, being attacked by the entire Western game industry for apparently being a terrible person for making Killer Is Dead and then being called a laundry list of names by semi credible gaming news sources.

    How is it that Suda can still be a nice guy online and seemingly in person, pose happily with fans, shrug off the media bullshit and be happy for the rabid fans that do love his games and yet for you Phil; Fez has received positive reviews, sold well, and you haven’t been personally attacked by semi credible gaming news sources and been called a shitty person FOR THE GAMES YOU MAKE. You are being yelled at by people on fucking Twitter and you should have the common sense to just shrug it off and not make it into a thing.

  3. Rupa
    August 22, 2014 at 10:05 am

    In addition, I think it’s impossible to get this stunt happen.

    Think about it, in an interval of a few seconds, those hackers have the balls, power and finesse to retrieve, compress and upload the files to a website that’s can be easily taken down by the owner. Real leakers which do the most damage would of posted somewhere other than the site itself.

  4. R353ARCH
    August 22, 2014 at 11:01 am

    phil do you even game bro

  5. handsomejack47
    August 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Well, when you consider the fact that he more than likely faked the hacking he claims he was the target of, I can see why he’d be in a rush to sell off his company.

  6. handsomejack47
    August 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    The head mod of /V/, also the leader of 4chan and the head of Anonymous.
    Now, if that doesn’t scream “LEGIT”, I don’t know what does.

  7. handsomejack47
    August 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    It’s simple: Suda51 isn’t a narcissist asshole like Fish is. Fish made ONE game that did well in sales and reviews, and he thinks the world owes him for it. Suda51 makes games that he knows his fans will like, even if critics hate them.

  8. RPGEndBoss
    August 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Phil Fish acts like an insecure 14 year old girl. Seriously, he does. He pitches a hissy fit whenever he isn’t worshiped and then when you do give him the attention he so desperately seeks, he throws it back in your face. He’s basically that spoiled little girl Veruca from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

    Good riddance. He deserved to be doxxed. He’s a grade-A jerk off who openly attacked people without provocation and was incredibly hostile to his fans…to the point where his greatest fans even turned against him. He is toxic to this hobby and part of the cancer that is killing it. Being a one-hit wonder in game design doesn’t give you a right to preach the way he does. When he makes as many hit games as, say, Chris Avellone or Richard Garriott, or Yuji Naka, then maybe he can begin to talk…but as a one-hit wonder? Naw, he doesn’t have the experience yet.

    He’s a punk ass, plain and simple. The gaming industry won’t miss him and his hipster glasses. Or his Zoe Quinn-scented dick.

  9. RPGEndBoss
    August 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm


    It’s a dead giveaway when you hear leader of a group that preaches the virtue of *not* having leaders or “heads”. It just screams of self-trolling.

    Fish is an imbecile, and we should all point and laugh.

  10. nonscpo
    August 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Still have no plans to play Fez, but yeah Phil should take the money and run.

  11. ConnorORT
    August 23, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Phil Fish might actually follow through with leaving the industry today, and tumble weeds also rolled across and empty highway today.

  12. handsomejack47
    August 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    And I have no intention of stopping my mocking of him.

  13. Janus
    September 6, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Phil I’ll pay you what your company and mediocre IP is worth. You give me as much money as I want to take that crap off your hands.

  14. Janus
    September 6, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Well he’d probably be more secure if he one game didn’t suck.