The studio behind Dead Space: Extraction and 007 Legends closes its doors for most likely the final time. One of the Britain’s longest running developers Eurocom entered administration today. The studio, which has been crafting games since 1988 beginning with Magician for the NES, blamed the “steep decline in the sales of console and PC games” for its downfall.
As recently as November, Eurocom let go 150 of their 200 strong workforce and today the remaining 50 were let go.
This statement was handed to Eurogamer, detailing the situation:
“Today Dean Nelson, from Midlands business advisory firm Smith Cooper, was appointed Administrator of Eurocom Developments Limited, who have been experiencing financial difficulties due to expected contracts being delayed, which has resulted in a severe cash flow shortage.
“Since 2008, there has been a steep decline in the sales of Console and PC games, which has led to a severe contraction in the number of new games being commissioned from global publishers of entertainment software. The company has also faced intense competition from developers in countries with lower costs or those subsidised with generous games tax credits.
“As a result of pressure from HMRC, the directors of Eurocom filed a Notice of Intention to Appoint an Administrator at Court in order to allow time for attempts to save the Eurocom business. The Administrator and the company’s directors have been negotiating with customers surrounding new contracts to develop console games, however these contracts could not be secured in time and due to insufficient funds to pay outstanding wages, Eurocom today entered Administration.
“As a result, the remaining 42 employees have been made redundant today and the business has ceased to trade after some 25 years, having grown organically to become one of the largest and most prolific independent console games developers worldwide.
“The Directors of Eurocom would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to all their staff that have been made redundant at this difficult time, and show their appreciation of all of their hard work in consistently delivering exceptional games.”
Eurocom recently released with widely panned 007 Legends, but before then they produced many quality releases including Dead Space: Extraction and GoldenEye 007: Reloaded.
Our best wishes go out to all those affected by today’s news…
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