It's been a while since we've been able to fully enforce the rules that go with studios but we will be making a concentrated effort from here-on-out to ensure studios return to their proper design.
Studios are intended to be places where members can work together - they key point being "Work Together" - to release high quality content on GameBanana. Up to now studios have had free reign and became places where individuals would release their work under a common banner but aside from that have no association to any other studio member whatsoever. This goes against what a studio is meant to be - collaborative works - rather than the current state of displaying individual portfolios for several people on one page.
In particular we are focusing on the following Studio Rules:
Studios must aspire to a high standard of workmanship. Studios releasing poor quality content will be removed.
The purpose of a studio is to provide a common platform for people to work together. For this reason, studios and studio releases must have a minimum of two members/authors.
Studios must only make studio releases when the release has been developed by the studio - minimum two contributing authors. Studios found to be releasing works they are not responsible for will be removed (Ex: Uploading 'Googled' Images).
The entire list of rules can be found here.
What About Old Submissions? (Pre-GameBanana)
We cannot enforce this rule retroactively as we don't have the information showing when people left and joined studios before the move to GameBanana.
Most studios will be affected by us enforcing these rules again, but it will bring back true purpose to why they exist, for members of different skillsets to come together and create amazing releases for the GameBanana Community. For some of the specialized studios this may mean closing shop in a sense since the content they release isn't something easily shared between colleagues, all I can say about that is perhaps your group doesn't fit together as a collaborate studio but rather a club of like-minded artists and I'd highly encourage you to save any relevant information/studio information for when Clubs/Clans make a return to the site.
I'm afraid I cannot give an ETA on when clubs will return but I expect many studios will move their rosters to that section once it's made available.
If you have any questions about the above rules or any of the rules in general please leave a comment below and we'll do our best to answer it. I know we have already been speaking to a few studios already but we can't get around to everyone. Please forward fellow studio members etc to this thread,