Pivotal Games

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Pivotal Games Limited
Industry Video game industry
Fate Closed by parent
Predecessor Pumpkin Studios
Founded March 2000; 17 years ago (2000-03)
Defunct 13 August 2008 (2008-08-13)
Headquarters Corston, England
Key people
Products Conflict series
Number of employees
110 (2008)

Pivotal Games Limited was a British video game developer based in Corston, England, founded in March 2000, by fifteen employees formerly of Pumpkin Studios (the developer of Warzone 2100). Pumpkin Studio, founded by Jim Bambra and Nick Cook in August 1996, had previously been closed down by its parent company, Eidos Interactive. Led by Bambra, Cook and Alex McLean, Pivotal Games was formed under the Kaboom Studios umbrella, in order to establish a publishing relationship with Sales Curve Interactive (SCi, later renamed SCi Games). Between 2002 and 2008, Pivotal Games developed all five instalments in the Conflict series, as well as The Great Escape, based on the film of the same name.

In September 2003, after financial struggles of parent company Kaboom Studios, who had at that point had already closed down sister studios Attention to Detail and Silicon Dreams Studio, SCi showed interest in acquiring the company.[1] Kaboom Studios went into receivership on 9 September 2003,[2] with all remaining assets, including still-active Pivotal Games, being transferred to Ernst & Young for sale.[3] On 29 September 2003, SCi acquired Pivotal Games from Ernst & Young for a total of GB£2.36 million.[4] In May 2005, SCi Games finalised its acquisition and merger with Eidos Interactive, the parent of Eidos Interactive, which would become in charge of SCi Games' subsidiaries.[5] In March 2008, SCi Games closed down fourteen operating projects to counter a GB£81.4 million net loss from the preceding fiscal year, leading to rumours that Pivotal Games was also to be closed.[6] On 14 July 2008, it was officially announced that the studio was to shut its doors, and 99 staff had already been made redundant,[7] leaving only a team of 10–12 specialist personnel.[8] Pivotal Games was closed on 13 August 2008.[9]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
GCN PS2 PS3 Win Xbox X360
2002 Conflict: Desert Storm Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
2003 The Great Escape No Yes No Yes Yes No
Conflict: Desert Storm II Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
2004 Conflict: Vietnam No Yes No Yes Yes No
2005 Conflict: Global Terror No Yes No Yes Yes No
2008 Conflict: Denied Ops No No Yes Yes No Yes


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