Section 8 Developer TimeGate Files For Bankruptcy
Written Friday, May 03, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios, who also contributed to the development of the somewhat troubled Aliens: Colonial Marines, has filed for bankruptcy according to a new report. Its part in Aliens: Colonial Marines also led to staff cuts in March.
Documents obtained from Texas Southern Bankruptcy court indicate that a petition filed by TimeGate "lists less than 50 creditors owed money by the game developer and total liabilities ranging from $10 million to $50 million."
Among these creditors are the likes of Unreal Engine developer Epic Games, online game service Agora Games and transmedia developer DJ2 Entertainment. Others include a local pizzeria that TimeGate owes $34.80 and video game agency Birthplace Management Group, which is owed $20,539.20.
TimeGate also owes substantial - though unknown - sums to SouthPeak Interactive, and has been locked in a lawsuit with the publisher over the localisation of Section 8. The studio is facing $7.35 million in damages and the loss of the Section 8 license in a fraud suit with SouthPeak.
Meanwhile, Aliens: Colonial Marines has itself been the subject of much controversy with a lawsuit stating that the movie license TimeGate co-developed with Gearbox was allegedly advertised falsely, with preview footage showing the game looking superior to the final product.