Today we learned that two UK games companies have had to close their doors.
Most gamers knew of Spartan games, the producers of Dystopian Legions, Firestorm Armada and Halo, amongst other games. Their incredible drop ship model at Salute spoke highly of their creativity and their ambition.
The other was Tor gaming, smaller, but just as creative, with their Relics game.
We, at the Ministry, wish the good people of both companies all the best in their futures, Creativity like yours should not be wasted, so we hope you find new homes within the industry.
Many look at our industry and think of companies like Spartan as giants, when in fact most companies of their size and reputation are just a couple of dozen strong. Such businesses find it very hard to take on the financial commitments needed to grow from a small to a medium enterprise. Add to that the shock of the pound dropping so hard in the wake of Brexit, and it becomes almost impossible.
They gambled their creativity against an uncaring business environment and lost. So, what can we do? Well, we can support those businesses we like, through regular small purchases. Kick-starters are nice, but it is the regular customers that keep the cash flow healthy, and the shiny goodness coming.
Well there we have it, let’s hope this is just an isolated coincidence, and not the beginning of a trend in the industry.