London-based publishers Empire Interactive is the latest game-maker to go into administration after being unable to find a buyer.
The 22-year-old company, best known for the FlatOut and International Cricket Captain series, looked as though it was going to be saved by Russian publishers Noviy Disk last month, but terms couldn’t be agreed on.
Administrator KPMG was then called in two weeks ago to find a buyer, and received two “expressions of interest”, but nothing came of them.
Now MCV has reported that Empire is in the process of sending its employees home – a fact many of them found out from the site before they were told anything directly, leading to unsurprising dismay.
One employee told them: “Nothing’s been confirmed, but it looks as if everyone’s going to be called in one by one and told there’s no job to come back to. I’ve already been informed. It’s a very sad situation.”