Empire Interactive

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Empire Interactive
Industry Interactive entertainment
Fate Administration
Founded 1987
Founder Ian Higgins and Simon Jeffrey[1]
Defunct 2009 (2009)
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Parent Silverstar Holdings (2006-2009)


Website www.empireinteractive.com

Empire Interactive was a British video game developer and publisher founded in 1987. It went out of business in 2009.

Company history[edit]

Empire Interactive was a publisher of interactive entertainment software for 22 years. Headquartered in the UK, they also had offices in the U.S., Germany, France, Spain and Italy. The company developed and published a varied range of titles for all contemporary platforms in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Games such as Starsky & Hutch, Big Mutha Truckers, the Ford Racing series and FlatOut were some of their major successes.[2] They also operated the "Xplosiv" and "eJay" imprints, focusing on budget titles and music creation tools respectively.

After struggling financially for several years, they were purchased by Silverstar Holdings in 2006 and became a wholly owned subsidiary. On 4 May 2009 it was announced that the company had gone into administration (bankruptcy) and would be shutting down permanently. Their intellectual properties were sold to New World IP of the United States and all 49 staff were laid off.[3] New World IP then leased the rights to publish Empire's entire catalogue to Zoo Games.[4]


Xplosiv, established in January 2000, was Empire Interactive's publishing label for budget or rerelease games by Empire themselves or contracted third parties. Empire positioned the published titles with price points of £9.99 and £4.99 in 2001, and in late 2002 added PlayStation 2 titles into the range, at £9.99 and £19.99.[5]

Xplosiv planned to enter the U.S. market in 2005.[6]


Games published and/or developed by Empire include:


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