Sensory Sweep Studios

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Sensory Sweep Studios
Private
Industry Video games
Founded 2003
Defunct 2009
Headquarters Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Key people
Dave Rushton (Founder, President)
Products See complete products listing
Number of employees
100+

Sensory Sweep Studios was an American developer of computer and video games. The studio was located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Founded in 2003 by Dave Rushton, Sensory Sweep was initially a handheld studio, developing games for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and PSP. Later, Sensory Sweep added console titles to their résumé, releasing games for the PC, Wii, PlayStation 2, and Xbox 360.

Sensory Sweep released many games from notable franchises, including Justice League Heroes, Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, as well as the up-and-coming Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Imagination Invaders, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Jackass: The Game. Additionally, Sensory Sweep's release of Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting was, at the time of its release, the fastest selling Xbox Live Arcade title to date.[1]

Legal issues[edit]

On January 14, 2009, Sensory Sweep and Dave Rushton (founder and president of Sensory Sweep) were named as co-defendants in a wage claim lawsuit[2][3] filed in Utah District Court by the United States Department of Labor. The filing claimed employees are owed over $2 million in wages in a violation against the Fair Labor Standards Act. The lawsuit was resolved in October 2012 when Rushton was jailed for 12 months and ordered to pay $1.2 million. It was the first criminal prosecution for non-payment of wages in Utah.[4]

On December 15, 2010 Rushton pleaded guilty to one third-degree felony count of failing to pay taxes and one second-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity. He was sentenced to six months in jail for tax fraud and racketeering, and ordered to pay $516,816 in restitution. He also received 72 months probation during which he is forbidden from handling money for other people.[5]

Games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting Becomes Fastest Selling Xbox Live Arcade Title For Xbox 360". Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  2. ^ "Chao et al. v. Fooptube et al.". Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  3. ^ Lois M. Collins (2009-01-27). "Salt Lake -based Sensory Sweep faces federal labor complaint, injunction". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Utah video game developer ordered to pay back defrauded employees", AttorneyGeneral.Utah.gov, Press Releases 2012, Office of the Attorney General of Utah, October 17, 2012, archived from the original on 2013-06-18, retrieved 19 October 2012 
  5. ^ "Game developer sentenced to jail for tax evasion". Salt Lake Tribune. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 

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