|Traded as||OTC Pink: SOPK|
|Industry||Video game industry|
|Founded||March 1, 1996Cary, North Carolina, U.S.in|
|Headquarters||Midlothian, Virginia, U.S.|
SouthPeak Interactive Corporation, doing business as SouthPeak Games, was an American video game publisher, founded in 1994 and located in Midlothian, Virginia. The company silently went out of business in 2012.
SouthPeak Games was founded as SouthPeak Interactive LLC on March 1, 1996, as a subsidiary of SAS Institute, both headquartered in Cary, North Carolina. Starting with September 27, 1999, Raleigh, North Carolina-based creative shop Front Door acquired marketing rights for games published by SouthPeak Games for US$8 million. On October 16, 2000, SAS Institute sold SouthPeak Games to Midlothian, Virginia-based privately held company Terry Phillips Sales, Inc., owned by brothers Terry Marshall and Gregory Robert Phillips, for US$4.5 million, making Terry Phillips the new director of SouthPeak Games. As result of the sale, all assets related to SouthPeak Games were moved the Midlothian location, while all staff at the Cary location were laid off an offered a new employment at SAS Institute. The company in its new location was legally registered as SouthPeak Interactive, L.L.C. on October 19, 2000. In August 2005, Melanie Mroz was appointed president and chief executive officer of SouthPeak Games.
On January 16, 2008, SouthPeak Games acquired public company Global Services Partners Acquisition Corp. (GSPAC), a company intentionally created as a blank check to "consummate a business combination", for US$31 million. Through that transaction, SouthPeak performed a reverse merger takeover, and thus merged itself into GSPAC to form a new public entity titled SouthPeak Interactive Corporation, of which Phillips and Mroz would appointed chairman and chief executive officer, respectively. On June 19, 2008, the company announced that they had raised a total of US$12.9 million through private investment in public equity, in order to expand its business. On October 14, 2008, the company announced that it had acquired Austin, Texas-based video game publisher Gamecock Media Group, including its upcoming titles, Legendary, Mushroom Men, and Velvet Assassin. Gamecock Media Group was initially made a publishing subsidiary, however, it was closed shortly after. In August 2009, SouthPeak Games started facing legal issues with work-for-hire vendors who had worked on games published by Gamecock Media Group, accusing SouthPeak Games of not paying outstanding royalties, despite SouthPeak Games acknowledging these issues early on, when they acquired Gamecock Media Group.
When SouthPeak Games released their 2009 Q1 quarterly report on released on November 13, 2009, it was revealed that, after American video game developer and publisher Midway Games filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2009, SouthPeak Games had acquired the exclusive rights to publishing video games based on the TNA Impact! television program for US$100,000, however, they could not agree with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling upon any further titles to be developed. In November 2009, SouthPeak Games lost a legal battle to German distributor CDV Software, which concerned the failure to deliver three out of four unspecified games before Christmas 2008, and was ordered to pay US$3.1 million. Additionally, on February 19, 2010, the judge ruled upon CDV Software's other claims, including copyright infringement and breach of contract, ordering SouthPeak Games to hand in further, undisclosed payments. Mid-issue, on April 8, 2010, Reba McDermott was appointed chief financial officer, replacing Melanie Mroz, who previously served that role interimly. As a result of the outstanding bills, on July 20, 2020, British distributor Centresoft put 40,000 units of SouthPeak Games stock on ice to auction them off, generating GB£50,000 by August 6, 2010. The legal issue was announced to be resolved on October 14, 2010, and CDV Software dropped all charges against SouthPeak Games on November 10, 2010.
In June 2010, American publisher Majesco announced the upcoming release of My Baby 3 & Friends, the third entry in the My Baby franchise, of which the first two were published by SouthPeak Games. In response to the announcement, on July 21, 2010, SouthPeak Games sued Majesco over copyright infringement over the My Baby intellectual property, despite its developer, French studio Nobilis, actually owning it at the time. Five days later, on July 26, 2010, Nobilis responded to the accusation, citing withunder SouthPeak Games' failure to pay royalties as reason to switch to Majesco and cease operations with SouthPeak Games. Due to damages caused by the legal issue, SouthPeak Games halted the distribution of all released titles in the My Baby series, namely, My Baby Boy, My Baby Girl, and My Baby First Stepsn on October 13, 2010. It was reported on January 10, 2011, that SouthPeak Games had won against Majesco and Nobilis, with the Lyon Commercial Court stating that Nobilis had no legal basis for ceasing operations with SouthPeak Games, wherefore all rights to there series were returned to SouthPeak Games.
On July 12, 2011, SouthPeak Games opened a new digital distribution subsidiary, 7Sixty LLC, in Grapevine, Texas. Led by vice president of publishing Leslie House and vice president of interactive entertainment Jeff Hutchinson, the studio was established in order to expand SouthPeak Games' business strategies to cover the digital market, with their first title to be Stronghold 3.
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