Ex-Empire IP coming to UK market

Empire’s former sales boss Vip Patel is to launch the UK office of Zoo Games – the company which purchased the defunct Britsoft publisher’s IP in May for a bargain fee.

Patel confirmed to MCV that the subsidiary, which will be based in Bushey, Hertfordshire, will be called Zoo Entertainment Europe Ltd.

Its first releases will be former Empire titles Animal Paradise (DS), Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams (DS), Off Road (Wii) and Pipe Mania (Wii).

The offices are expected to open on July 1st.

I’m confident that we won’t face the same issues as Empire,” Patel told MCV. We’re coming in to take advantage of the casual gaming space – the most lucrative space in games.

We’re predominantly releasing on Wii and
DS, but will be releasing on Xbox 360 and PS3 next year.

Retail missed out on these Empire titles. Now we’ve got them, and we can all hopefully make money from them.”

The company’s parent, Zoo Games, purchased Empire’s remaining IP from mysterious US company New World IP in May.

US-based New World IP initially purchased Empire’s licences from administrator KPMG, but it said it had been asked by New World’s owners not to give out any details of the business to the press.

MCV asked the CEO of Empire parent Silverstar Holdings, Clive Kabatznik, for details of New World IP. However, he told us: It’s absolutely unequivocally not owned by or related to me in any way.”

49 Empire staff were made redundant in the UK when the firm collapsed.

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