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Monumental Games goes into administration

25 jobs lost as UK studio closes; hopes to sell IP to interested parties

UPDATE: Administrators acting for Monumental have confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that all 25 employees at the studio have been made redundant.

"The Company has some valuable intellectual property which we are marketing at present and several parties have already expressed interest in purchasing these assets, we are hopeful a deal can be concluded quickly," said Patrick Ellward of RSM Tenon.

Original story: UK studio Monumental Games officially went into administration last week.

The Nottingham-based developer worked on Moto GP 10/11 for Capcom and Little Horrors, a 3D browser game built using the company's own Prime engine.

In 2010 Monumental closed down its Manchester studio and later let more staff go following the loss of a project, believed to be the Transformers MMO which is now in development at Jagex.

The company was also in the process of securing partners to use its in-house Prime Engine, partly funded by the Technology Strategy Board.

The company promoted former Codemasters chief exec Nick Wheelwright as CEO this time last year as it focused the majority of efforts on the browser market.

As well as offices in Nottingham, Monumental also has a presence in Pune, India. Monumental Games has not yet responded to requests for comment.

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Latest comments (22)

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 4 years ago
Disaster.
Nick is an exceptionally bright cookie so it would be interesting to know what has happened here.

The good news is that the market for talent has never been stronger with startup app companies springing up everywhere.
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Luke Salvoni Senior iOS Developer 4 years ago
This is a great shame - particularly enjoyed their visit back at Sheffield Hallam University when I was there a couple of years ago.

Best of luck to all affected by this loss.
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Martyn Brown Managing Director, Insight For Hire4 years ago
@ Bruce. That's a fair point, but due to the nature of start-ups it's tough for devs with mortgage/kids and the like to stomach the usual income drop or fear the risk of a thinly-backed operation. Best wishes to all affected. Massive sea-change and transition right now.
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D4 years ago
Yep, best of luck to those affected. Here's to better times.

And what Martyn said - new start ups are exciting, but excitement doesn't pay the bills, unfortunately. Having said that, we've seen some awesome successes over the last few years.
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robert troughton Managing Director, Coconut Lizard4 years ago
Really bad news to start the year... hope that everyone there finds their feet.
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Stewart Gilray Managing Director, Just Add Water4 years ago
We had a couple apply from their Manchester office last year, they wanted UN-REALISTIC wages for the North.
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Carl Silvers Researcher, Electronic Arts4 years ago
A terrible start to the new year. I'd be happy to talk to any of those affected.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 4 years ago
Oh boy... : /

Good luck to all you guys.
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Simon Barratt Director, Four Door Lemon Ltd4 years ago
Sad news to start the year, good luck to all involved!
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Paul Farley , Tag Games4 years ago
Sorry to hear this. Do we know how many people are affected?
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D4 years ago
@ Paul. I heard 20-odd.
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Matthew Hill Head of Recruitment, Specialmove4 years ago
@Paul Approx 20 as Fran mentioned but there have been earlier waves. I would anticipate most find new roles with Codies, Crytek UK, Outso, Jagex, Playground, Sumo and others within a "reasonable" commute.

Good look to all affected
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Iain Key Technical Director, Pi Computer Solutions Ltd4 years ago
Sorry to hear about that, good luck to all everyone involved
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Rob Jessop R&D Programmer, Crytek4 years ago
By all means apply, our current vacancies are listed on our website: http://crytek.com/career/offers/overview...
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Steven Pick Lead Graphic Designer, Atomhawk Design4 years ago
Terrible news. Good luck to those affected.
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Andy Gahan Managing Director, The Pixel Bullies4 years ago
That's terrible news - I wish everyone the very best of luck finding a new job.
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Will Whitaker Art Director, Hutch Games Ltd4 years ago
Very sorry to hear this. There are some really good people at Monumental
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Emmeline Pui Ling Dobson MA Games Course Co-ordinator, The National Film and Television School4 years ago
Typically announcements of closures seem to have been about companies making games for the high-risk AAA console space. RTW, Team Bondi, Bizarre Creations, Black Rock... (Denki are an exception that come to mind, but they're bouncing back after refocusing.) So I
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Dave Vout Director, Big Head Games4 years ago
Very sad news, it's not what the UK industry needs to hear at the moment.
Any coders from Newcastle/north east wanting to to go to a small creative studio in North Shields, we've just opened a new dev studio there and looking to build a cross platform team during 2012. dave@bigheadgames.co.uk
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Aye, sorry to hear this, Hope everyone involved finds their feet again soon.
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Matt Martin Editor, GamesIndustry.biz4 years ago
Just updated the story - 25 jobs lost.
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Andrea D'Orta4 years ago
I am sorry to be so blunt but the middleware business especially in MMO isnt really an easy one considering you are up against Unity & Co. Social gaming was clearly on their agenda but somehow it didnt materialise. Thats a real shame. Best of luck to them all.
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