Former D'Backs pitcher Curt Schilling lays off staff

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By Marceline Mcmacken By Marceline Mcmacken

PROVIDENCE, R.I. --Former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Curt Schilling and the company he founded, 38 Studios, had to lay off  its entire staff on Thursday.

38 Studios was founded by Schilling back in 2006.  The company is known mainly for its online gaming and console video games. 

The company moved from Massachusetts to Rhode Island back in 2010 after it received a $75 million taxpayer-backed loan guaranteed from the state of Rhode Island. Rhode Island's governor, Lincoln Chafee, had opposed the deal when he ran for office back in 2010.

Unable to make a $1.1 million payment this past week, the company also failed to make payroll. An estimated 379 full-time employees were laid off.

Schilling helped bring a World Series win to Arizona when he played for the Diamondbacks back in 2001. 

The Associated Press says messages left for Schilling have not been returned.