Dinamic Multimedia

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Dinamic Multimedia, S.A.
TypeSociedad Anónima
IndustryInteractive entertainment
PredecessorMicrodigital Soft
Founded1993
FounderPablo Ruiz Tejedor
Víctor Ruiz Tejedor
Nacho Ruiz Tejedor
Carlos Abril
José Ignacio Gómez-Centurión
Defunct21 September 2001
HeadquartersPozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain
ProductsPC Fútbol series

Dinamic Multimedia was a Spanish software house and publisher created in 1993 which was created after the bankruptcy of Dinamic Software in 1992 by some of its former members. After having released several titles, they filed for bankruptcy in September 2001.

History[edit]

The "jewel in the crown" of the company was the PC Fútbol series, which featured an annual installment for a decade. Originally only featuring the Spanish leagues, later versions were developed for Italy (PC Calcio) and Argentina (PC Fútbol Apertura and Clausura). For the broader English market, EuroLeague Football was released in 2000, following a brief licensing of the Premier Manager franchise in the late 1990s. Dinamic also released other sports games, such as PC Basket, PC Atletismo or Eurotour Cycling, as well as adventure games such as Hollywood Monsters, one of the biggest projects in Spanish game development history. Most of the house titles and Spanish-produced games were marketed as budget titles and were fiercely championed by the local gaming press. In their late years, Dinamic expanded to Italy (in 1997) and distributed several titles in Spain, including high-profile titles such as Flying Corps Gold, Blade Runner, Sega Rally Championship 2 and Shogo.

In 1999, the Ruíz brothers and Carlos Abril left the company on disagreements with the main owner, and co-founded FX Interactive.

Dinamic fell into financial turmoil during the first half of 2001.[1] The publisher's ventures related to the dot-com bubble—such as the massively multiplayer online role-playing game La Prisión—proved unsuccessful, and the company was caught in the global dot-com collapse.[2] By early March, rumors had spread that Dinamic was in danger of closing.[3] The company responded that only its online division was being shuttered, and traditional game projects such as Runaway: A Road Adventure were not in jeopardy, despite their delays.[4][3] However, key faculty secretly departed Dinamic to join Pyro Studios during the period,[5] and Dinamic entered receivership and cut 39 jobs in late March. Dinamic owed a significant debt of 1.5 billion pesetas to multiple creditors by this time.[6] On September 24, Dinamic announced its liquidation, following its financial upheaval earlier in the year.[7] Although certain commentators had speculated that Runaway's sales would save the publisher,[8] it was ultimately Dinamic's last published title.[9]

Dinamic's bankruptcy came as a major blow to the domestic game market: at the time, a writer for VNUNet reported the closure as "bad news ... for the battered Spanish game software industry".[10] In retrospect, David Navarro of MarcaPlayer called it "probably the most traumatic event that the Spanish video game industry has experienced in history".[11]

Games[edit]

Dinamic Multimedia published the following games:[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (6 July 2001). "Runaway por fin a la venta". PC Actual (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 29 July 2001.
  2. ^ Roldán, Enrique (1 November 2001). "Adiós a Dinamic Multimedia". Computerworld Spain (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 24 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Sánchez, Pep (9 March 2001). "Dinamic no cierra". MeriStation (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 27 November 2002.
  4. ^ Staff (9 March 2001). "Aclaraciones de Dinamic sobre su situación". GameSpot Spain (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 15 July 2001.
  5. ^ Sánchez, Pep (6 July 2001). "César Valencia ha dejado Dinamic y se une a Pyro Studios". MeriStation (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 7 January 2002.
  6. ^ García, Alexander (27 March 2001). "Dinamic declara la suspensión de pagos". MeriStation (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 14 September 2003.
  7. ^ Staff (24 September 2001). "Confirmado oficialmente el cierre de Dinamic". GameSpot Spain (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 5 October 2001.
  8. ^ Staff (November 2001). "Noticias juegos; Dinamic cierra sus puertas". Computer Idea (in Spanish). VNU Business Publications España (11): 85.
  9. ^ Ortega, José L. (21 March 2018). "Los mejores juegos desarrollados por Dinamic Multimedia". HobbyConsolas (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 7 June 2019.
  10. ^ Staff (24 September 2001). "Dinamic Multimedia cierra sus puertas". VNUNet (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2 November 2001. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  11. ^ Navarro, David (1 July 2011). "Los maestros de la aventura gráfica". MarcaPlayer (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 5 March 2013.
  12. ^ Dinamic Multimedia games at mobygames.com
  13. ^ La Prisión official server
  14. ^ Enigma

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