Square Enix Europe
|Square Enix Europe|
(as Square Europe Ltd.)|
9 November 2009 (as Square Enix Europe)
|Headquarters||London Borough of Southwark, London, United Kingdom|
|Owner||Square Enix Holdings|
Number of employees
Square Enix Limited, doing business as Square Enix Europe, is a British publisher of video game software wholly owned by Square Enix Holdings, a Japanese company. Square Enix Europe currently has its head office in 240 Blackfriars Road in London Borough of Southwark, London.
Square Enix Europe originated as the former Square Co, Ltd. European publishing branch, which was re-branded as Square Enix Ltd. after the absorption of Square by Enix. On 10 November 2009, a statutory merger occurred with Square Enix Ltd. and the United Kingdom video game publisher Eidos Interactive, in which Eidos Interactive was the dissolved entity and Square Enix Ltd. was the surviving entity.
The intellectual properties owned by Eidos plc include Deus Ex, Tomb Raider and Just Cause among others. All intellectual properties that were published under the Eidos Interactive label are currently published under the Square Enix label. On 15 September 2014 Square Enix Europe officially relocated its HQ from Wimbledon Bridge House, London to Blackfriars Road, London.
Beginnings as SCI
The Eidos Interactive company that was absorbed by Square Enix Ltd. was founded as The Sales Curve in 1988 by Jane Cavanagh. They originally developed games for publishers Virgin, Accolade and Ocean. The Sales Curve became a publisher itself in 1990, releasing games under the label Storm until 1993. The company became Sales Curve Interactive in 1994 and published subsequent games under that name. In 1999 the company floated on the London Stock Exchange as SCI Entertainment Group PLC, using the ticker symbol SEG. Under the SCI banner, the company's most popular games were the Carmageddon and the Conflict: Desert Storm game series.
SCI purchase of Eidos
In 2005, SCi acquired and merged with Eidos Interactive, another British games company. The merger resulted in SCi re-branding themselves as Eidos Interactive. Since then the company has been exclusively releasing games under the Eidos brand.
In December 2006, Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment has bought a 10.3% stake in SCI Games, including sister company, Eidos. Part of the deal between the two companies includes an arrangement with Eidos to make Warner Bros. its primary U.S. distributor, providing warehousing, logistics, merchandising and media buying services. In April 2008, Warner Bros. Entertainment increased its stake to 35% while gaining distribution rights to SCI titles in the US, Canada and Mexico.
In February 2007, Eidos closed its Manchester studio which focused in Mobile games and acquired Rockpool Games, another mobile game company, along with its two sister companies Ironstone Partners and SoGoPlay.
On 27 October 2008, SCI scrapped a "standstill" arrangement with Time Warner subsidiary Warner Bros. The agreement – which had been in place since April – prevented Warner Bros. from acquiring more SCI shares without the Eidos parent’s consent until January 2009. SCI said it would now allow Warner Bros to buy more shares without consultation until 1 December 2008 – providing its stake did not reach 30 percent. Subsequently SCI's share price rose 11%. On 15 December 2008, Time Warner purchased 10 million more shares in Eidos to bring its total to 19.92%.
On 3 December 2008, SCI changed its name to Eidos Plc (the former name of Eidos prior to the SCI takeover), and also changed its London Stock Exchange ticker symbol from SEG to EID. On 15 January Eidos confirmed that it received a preliminary approach which may not lead to an offer being made for the Company.
In January 2009, they closed Rockpool Games.
Square Enix purchase of Eidos
On 12 February 2009, SQEX Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix) announced a takeover offer worth £84.3 million (32p per share) for Eidos plc. The takeover is effective as of 22 April. According to Square Enix president Yoichi Wada, the company Eidos will remain independent and Phil Rogers will remain CEO of the company.
On 22 April 2009, the takeover of Eidos Interactive by Square Enix was successful. Shares of Eidos officially de-listed on 21 April 2009 a day before the takeover. The name Eidos plc ceased to be used following a reorganisation of the Eidos Group, after which all previous Eidos properties were published under Square Enix and Eidos Interactive now as a part of Square Enix Europe.
On 7 July 2009, Square Enix announced the formation of its European division, officially named Square Enix Europe. The Eidos name will cease to be used as a publisher, though existing Eidos Interactive studios will keep the name.
On 10 November 2009, Square Enix officially announced that the integration of their European operations as well as Eidos has been completed and the two entities will merge into one under the name of Square Enix Europe and will operate under the business name of Square Enix Ltd. This means that future titles by Eidos will no longer be published under the Eidos brand but Square Enix instead. Square Enix Europe will publish all games developed by Square Enix, Eidos and Taito. It will also manage various development studios, namely Crystal Dynamics, IO Interactive, Beautiful Game Studios, Square Enix London Studios and Eidos Montréal.
- Crystal Dynamics in Redwood City, California (Official site), founded in 1992, acquired in 1998.
- Eidos Montréal in Canada (Official site), founded in 2007
- Beautiful Game Studios in London, England (Official site), started in 2003
- Eidos Shanghai in China (Official site), started in 2008
- Square Enix London Studios in London, England, started in 2009
- Square Enix Montreal in Canada (Official site), founded in 2012
- IO Interactive in Copenhagen, Denmark (Official site), founded in 1998, acquired by Eidos in 2004, regained independence on 16 June 2017.
- Eidos Hungary in Hungary, founded in 2005, closed October 2009.
- Pivotal Games in Bath, England, founded in March 2000, acquired by SCi on 29 September 2003, closed 22 August 2008.
- Core Design in Derby, England, founded in 1988, acquired by Eidos on 1996, closed 11 May 2006.
- Ion Storm in Texas, founded in 1996, acquired by Eidos on July 2001, closed 9 February 2005.
- Alfred's Adventure
- Aqua Aqua
- Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now
- Carmageddon TDR 2000
- Conflict: Desert Storm
- Conflict: Desert Storm 2
- Conflict: Global Terror
- Conflict: Vietnam
- Cool Bricks
- Gender Wars
- Gumball 3000
- Kingdom O' Magic
- Live Wire!
- Mille Miglia
- Mr. Tuff (unreleased)
- Rally Championship
- Rally Championship Xtreme
- Richard Burns Rally
- SWIV 3D
- The Great Escape
- The Italian Job
- The Lawnmower Man
- Total Overdose
- Championship Manager 2010 (latest) - 2009
- Deus Ex - 2000
- Deus Ex: Invisible War - 2003
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution - 2011
- Deus Ex: The Fall - 2013
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - 2016
Fear Effect series
- Hitman: Codename 47 - 2000
- Hitman 2: Silent Assassin - 2002
- Hitman: Contracts - 2004
- Hitman: Blood Money - 2006
- Hitman: Absolution - 2012
- Hitman (2016 video game) - 2016
Just Cause series
Kane & Lynch series
- Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain - 1996
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - 1999
- Soul Reaver 2 - 2001
- Blood Omen 2 - 2002
- Legacy of Kain: Defiance - 2003
- Thief: The Dark Project - 1998
- Thief II: The Metal Age - 2000
- Thief: Deadly Shadows - 2004
- Thief (2014 video game) - 2014
- Tomb Raider: Underworld - 2008
- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light - 2010
- Tomb Raider - 2013
- Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris - 2014
- Rise of the Tomb Raider - 2015
Urban Chaos series
- Wacky Races: Crash and Dash - 2008
- Top Trumps: Doctor Who - 2008
- Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures - 2008
- Batman: Arkham Asylum - 2009
- Fighting Force - 1997
- Fighting Force 2 - 1999
- Project Eden - 2001
- TimeSplitters - 2000
- TimeSplitters 2 - 2002
- Whiplash - 2003
- Project Snowblind - 2005
- Soul Bubbles - 2008
- Monster Lab - 2008
- Mini Ninjas - 2009
- Triad Wars - cancelled
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