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Project MyWorld back on as staff re-hired

By Dan Pearson

Fri 20 Aug 2010 9:22am GMT / 5:22am EDT / 2:22am PDT

Begbies Traynor takes back 23 staffers in Dundee following "considerable interest from potential buyers"

Begbies Traynor, the company handling the administration of Dundee-based developer Realtime Worlds, has confirmed that it has rehired a further 23 of the staff which were made redundant earlier this month, all from the team working on the MyWorld project.

Speaking to, Begbies Traynor representative Les Able told us that all of the jobs were based in Dundee, seemingly putting paid to rumours that the development of MyWorld would be moving to Realtime World's Colorado office.

Joint administrator Ken Pattullo issued a statement last night: "As a smaller entity MyWorld is attracting considerable interest from potential buyers and 23 members of the team who had been working on the project clearly add value to it as a standalone business, hence the fact we have been able to offer a limited number of those jobs back."

The company had previously announced that 67 jobs were to be retained at the company, 53 jobs in the UK and 14 in the US, but interest from investors in MyWorld has prompted the administrator to extend its offer.

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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D

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Posted:6 years ago


Antony Cain Lecturer in Computer Games Design, Sunderland College

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congrats to the 23!

Glimmer of hope for the others :)

Posted:6 years ago


Kyle Hatch Software Engineer, Pennant International Services LTD

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i met a guy at Apex hotel at the activision thing last night worked on My World, nice guy so i hope he's one of the 23. Hopefully things will look a little up for the dundee games industry.

Posted:6 years ago


Finlay Thewlis Studying Game Design & Production Management, University of Abertay Dundee

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hopefully this IP will sell...

Posted:6 years ago


Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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Nice going, hope the others find just as much luck too. :]

Posted:6 years ago


Sam Maxted Journalist / Community / Support

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RTW did themselves a lot of good by announcing this project a few weeks ago. If it hadn't been announced publically, I imagine the administrators would be having a harder time finding a buyer.

Posted:6 years ago

I wonder what it feels like to be fired one day, and then asked to be rehired the next....

Posted:6 years ago


Jonathan Lindsay Creative Director, Playomic

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That's awesome! Look's like a great project!

Posted:6 years ago


Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D

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I was watching 60 minutes with Gary Gillespie the other day (the joys of being a Liverpool fan - he was a defender for us during the 80s). He talked about how on the Tuesday the manager told him he'd be Liverpool's first choice central defender for the season. Said he left the meeting delighted. 24 hours later, he'd been sold to Celtic.

Whether it's the games industry or anything else, it really is strange how life can sometimes take the most unexpected turns.

I REALLY like the look of MyWorld, it looks like a lot of fun, which is what a game should be.

Posted:6 years ago


Jack Ward Fincham Assistant Producer, Stainless Games Ltd

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So nobody else sees this as a bad thing? No option for redundancy, no way of getting out until it all comes tumbling down. These guys may well not go to the next company depending on a number of factors and then they'll be hitting the job market behing 160 of their former colleagues. TBH I feel for anyone being kept on there at the moment for these reasons. Some guys need it, some guys want it, but from what I hear a lot of guys were gutted.

Posted:6 years ago

Realtime better not screw this last chance up. best of luck! :)

Posted:6 years ago


Tomas Lidström Lighting Artist, Rebellion

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Jack Ward Fincham, how do you know there is no option for redundancy or any chance for the guys involved of getting out? Just curious.

Posted:6 years ago


Michael Tegos Editor, Official PlayStation Magazine Greece, Attica Media

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It's great news for the 23 people keeping their jobs, although I'm a little worried -- the MyWorld project is a bit of an unproven concept at this stage, at least based on what I know about it. So I'm not sure whether staying on is the best thing for those people, instead of finding work elsewhere. Still, best of luck to them and to the new IP!

Posted:6 years ago


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