Virgin Play

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Virgin PLAY S.A.
Private
Industry Video game industry
Fate Liquidation
Founded 1995 (As Virgin Interactive España SA)
May 14, 2002; 15 years ago (2002-05-14) (As Virgin Play)
Founder Tim Chaney and Paco Encinas
Defunct September 2009
Headquarters Madrid, Spain
Subsidiaries V.2 PLAY
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.

History[edit]

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 2003, Virgin Play announced to release the Korean handheld console, GP32 to Spain, Italy and Portugal in place of Game Park, who went into trading difficulties.

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.[1] 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.[2]

List of Games[edit]

Distributed Games (Various other games are known to be distributed by them, but will be listed down at a later date.)

Release Title Developer Publisher Platform(s)
2003 State of Emergency VIS Entertainment Rockstar Games PlayStation 2
2003 Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader Reflexive Entertainment Black Isle Studios Microsoft Windows
2003 Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Remedy Entertainment, Rockstar Vienna Rockstar Games PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows
2003 Manhunt Rockstar North Rockstar Games PlayStation 2
2004 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II Black Isle Studios Interplay PlayStation 2, Xbox
2004 Egipto III: El destino de Ramsés Kheops Studio Microids Microsoft Windows
2004 Jack El Destripador Galilea Games The Adventure Company Microsoft Windows
2004 Aura: El Destino de las Edades Streko-Graphics Inc. The Adventure Company Microsoft Windows
2004 Forever Worlds: Enter the Unknown Hexagon Entertainment The Adventure Company Microsoft Windows
2004 Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel Interplay Interplay PlayStation 2, Xbox
2004 Midway Arcade Treasures 2 Blackbone Entertainment Midway Games PlayStation 2, Xbox
2004 Obscure Hydravision Entertainment MC2-Microïds PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows
2004 Return to Mysterious Island Kheops Studio The Adventure Company Microsoft Windows
2005 Taito Legends Empire Interactive Empire Interactive PlayStation 2, Xbox
2005 Metal Slug 4 SNK Playmore Ignition Entertainment PlayStation 2, Xbox
2005 Domination Wargaming.net DreamCatcher Interactive Microsoft Windows
2005 Puyo Pop Fever Sonic Team Ignition Entertainment PSP
2005 Still Life Microïds Microïds Microsoft Windows, Xbox
2005 Blitz: The League Midway Chicago Midway Games PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PSP
2006 The King of Fighters 2003 SNK Playmore Ignition Entertainment PlayStation 2
2006 Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Midway Games Midway Games PlayStation 2, Xbox
2006 Pilot Academy Kuju Sheffield Rising Star Games PSP
2006 Bubble Bobble Evolution Opus Rising Star Games PSP
2006 New Zealand Story Revolution Taito Rising Star Games Nintendo DS
2006 Contact Grasshopper Manufacture Rising Star Games Nintendo DS
2006 Taito Legends 2 Empire Interactive Empire Interactive PlayStation 2, Xbox
2006 Xena: Princesa Guerrera EM Studios Blast! Entertainment PlayStation 2
2007 Autos Locos: Pirados Sobre Ruedas Coyote Console Blast! Entertainment PlayStation 2
2007 Fievel y El Nuevo Mundo Data Design Interactive Blast! Entertainment PlayStation 2
2007 Evil Days of Lickless John Cinemax Playlogic Entertainment Microsoft Windows
2007 BlackSite: Area 51 Midway Austin Midway Games Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2007 Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War Omega Force Koei PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2008 Cartero Paco The Code Monkeys Blast! Entertainment PlayStation 2
2008 No More Heroes Grasshopper Manufacture Rising Star Games Wii
2008 Warhammer: Mark of Chaos & Battle March Black Hole Entertainment Namco Bandai Games, Deep Silver Microsoft Windows
2007 Obscure II Hydravision Entertainment Playlogic Entertainment PlayStation 2, Wii, Microsoft Windows
2007 Ben 10: Protector of Earth High Voltage Software D3 Publisher PlayStation 2, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS
2007 Simon the Sorcerer 4: Chaos Happens Silver Style Entertainment Playlogic Entertainment Microsoft Windows
2009 Ben 10: Alien Force Monkey Bar Games D3 Publisher PlayStation 2, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS

Published Games

Release Title Developer Platform(s) Notes
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

Links[edit]

[1]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Chaney on the prowl for studios". MCV UK. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  2. ^ "Virgin Play in trouble". MCV UK. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2013-05-06.