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Konami unaffected by Red Ant collapse

Distribution deal with Australian company wasn't due to begin until next month

Konami has said that it is unaffected by the collapse of Australian distributor Red Ant, which went into administration this week.

The publisher had struck a deal with Red Ant for distribution on a number of titles, but it wasn't due to begin until February this year.

"Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH is currently reviewing its Australian distribution and will not be affected by Red Ant's unfortunate demise," offered the company in a statement to GamesIndustry.biz

"The agreement between Konami and Red Ant was due to commence from February 2009 onwards, with sales yet to start on the agreed titles.

"Konami offers its sincerest sympathies to those affected," added the publisher.

The Metal Gear Solid publisher is one of many games companies that used Red Ant in the region, including Capcom, Bethesda and Midway, who must now find another distributor in Australia and New Zealand.

Bethesda told GamesIndustry.biz this afternoon that it was not yet ready to comment on the situation with Red Ant.

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