Twenty-three staff have been re-employed by games company Realtime Worlds, after they were made redundant prior to the company going into administration last Tuesday.
A team of 60 staff were made redundant at Realtime Worlds’s Dundee-based operations just a few days before the company collapsed on 17 August. A total 185 people then lost their jobs across the business, which has offices in the US, when it went into administration.
The 23 staff will continue to develop Realtime Worlds’ MyWorld 3D social gaming project, which had originally been scheduled for launch in 2011.
Ken Pattullo, joint administrator at administrators Begbies Traynor, said: “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.”
The administrators said that potential buyers from the UK and US have expressed interest in purchasing Realtime.
“We are actively pursuing all these expressions of interest,” joint administrator Paul Dounis has said.
Dounis added that Realtime was continuing to trade, and that the company’s latest gaming title, online action game ‘APB: All Points Bulletin’ can still be played as its servers were still running. The game was released two months ago, after five years in development. However, it reportedly received “lacklustre” demand.
Realtime Worlds was founded by Dave Jones, the creator of Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto, in 2002.