it's doubtful they're holding out because of miners. More likely it's because of RAM shortages, meaning that it's probably more profitable for them to be making hardware for their professional grade lines instead of consumers. Add to that that people overhyped Vega meaning that the general populace still overvalues Nvidia, so they have no real reason to release a new generation because they hold the crown.
Or attempting to release PvP focused games with the hope of eSports competition without dedicated servers.
What were they thinking when they did that!? It's probably too late to save the game unless they do a significant discount on it.
Ah, Vindictus .. What a game. I have fond memories of it, and the use of the Source Engine for the genre was interesting. Is it actually still going? I haven't heard anything about it in quite some time.
Yup the game is still getting tons of new characters and episodes
Well since they've worked for Epic Games that should easily open doors instantly for them anywhere in the game industry.
This collapse of the company works as a stain on their CVs. A banner saying "I worked on a failed game" is the same as saying "I was an actor/director/cameraman on a film that flopped". This label makes other companies question why the game failed in their hands; so the gameplay designers/programmers may have a hard time jumping back into their next job on their own.
That's where the hope comes in. Often games companies that can't keep their employees hunt for a company to take them in instead of leaving them to hunt for themselves. It helps avoid the problem of applying with the negative reputation that comes through failures.
With Epic being a group focused on creating a game engine first and foremost, we can hope they have space inside their company to keep the workers rather than disband the group.
People would easily get around a driver lockout. They need to implement it at the hardware level if anything like that is to succeed.