|Industry||Video game industry|
|Founded||1995 (As Virgin Interactive España SA)
May 14, 2002 (As Virgin Play)
|Founder||Tim Chaney and Paco Encinas|
V.2 PLAY Portugal
PlayV Ltd (50/50 Joint Venture with Playlogic Entertainment)
Virgin PLAY S.A. (Formally Virgin Interactive España S.A.) was a Spanish video game distributor, and later a video game publisher.
In 1995, Virgin Interactive Entertainment opened up a Spanish subsidiary known as Virgin Interactive España S.A., who would market and distribute the company's titles (later including Interplay Entertainment, Titus Software and The 3DO Company) in Spain.
In May 2002, Virgin Interactive España SA was purchased from Titus Software by Tim Chaney along with former Spanish president and founder Paco Encinas. The branch was then separated from the main Virgin Interactive company, which Titus Software already owned, and due to this sale, the company could keepits own identity as a Virgin brand, and so Virgin Interactive España SA was renamed to Virgin PLAY S.A.. Under the new name, Virgin Play signed deals with companies such as Midway Games, Ignition Entertainment and Koch Media which would allow Virgin Play to distribute their games in the Spanish market. Interplay and Titus' games continued to be distributed by the company.
In 2006, Virgin Play announced that they would start self-publishing games not just in Spain, but in other European countries as well. Their first 3 self-published games would be a game based on the movie Torrente 3: El Protector, An action game called Final Armada and a tactical shooter called Dead 'N' Furious.
In July 2007, Virgin Play announced they would be opening an office in Portugal in order to expand the market and offer a more personalized treatment to Portuguese companies. In the same year the new publishing division of Virgin Play was renamed to V.2 Play which the Portuguese office was renamed to as well. In the same month they signed a deal with Real Madrid to publish a game based on the football team.
In May 2008, Playlogic Entertainment and Virgin Play founded a UK joint venture called PlayV, PlayV would bring PC, console and handheld products from both companies to the UK market while also offering PR, marketing and sales solutions to additional partners looking to penetrate the UK retail market. In Septembher 2008, Tim Chaney left Virgin Play and later setup his own gaming platform, called Zattikka in June 2009. with this only Paco Encinas was left in running the company.
In June 2009, Virgin Play asked a Spanish Court for a three month period to seek a solution with its creditors due to a lack of liquidity. Exactly 3 months later in September 2009, Virgin Play entered liquidation and ceased all operations.
List of Games
Distributed Games (Various other games are known to be distributed by them, but will be listed down at a later date.)
|2005||Torrente 3: El Protector||Virtual Toys, S.L.||PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows||First Self-Published Game by the company|
|2007||Final Armada||I-Imagine||PlayStation 2, PSP|
|2007||Dead 'N' Furious||Dream On Studio||Nintendo DS|
|2007||Snow X Racing||Coldwood Interactive||PlayStation 2||European publishing rights only|
|2008||Crusaders: Thy Kingdom Come||NeocoreGames||Microsoft Windows||Physical European PC release Only|
|2008||War Leaders: Clash of Nations||Enigma Software Productions||Microsoft Windows||Physical European PC release Only|
|2008||Donkey Xote||Revistronic||PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PSP|
|2008||Super Hind||Mountain Sheep||PSP|
|2008||Hello Pocoyo!||Zinkia Entertainment||Nintendo DS|
|2008||Warriors of the Lost Empire||Platinum Egg||PSP||European publishing rights only|
|2009||B Team: Metal Cartoon Squad||Most Wanted Entertainment||Nintendo DS|
|2009||Lola & Virginia||Frima Studio||Nintendo DS|
|2009||Mind Your Language||Spiral House||Nintendo DS||Available in English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese versions|
|2009||Real Madrid: The Game||Atomic Planet Entertainment||PlayStation 2, Wii, Microsoft Windows, PSP, Nintendo DS|
|2009||Away: Shuffle Dungeon||Artoon||Nintendo DS||European publishing rights only|
|2009||El Internado||Unknown||Nintendo DS||Only released in Spain. Was to be released in other countries as The Boarding School: Black Lagoon in Late 2009, but was scrapped after Virgin Play's Liquidation|