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Eidos Interactive Ltd.
Type Subsidiary of Square Enix
Founded 1990
Headquarters Wimbledon, London, England
Key people Stephen Bernard Streater (Founder),
Ian Livingstone (Eidos President and CEO),
Phil Rogers (Square Enix Europe CEO) [1]
Industry Interactive entertainment
Products Tomb Raider series
Hitman series
Deus Ex series
Kane & Lynch
Thief series
Championship Manager series
Legacy of Kain series
Revenue £179.1 million (2006)
Operating income £28.8 million (2006)
Profit £8.1 million (2006)
Owner(s) Independent (1990-2004)
Sci Entertainment (2004-2009)
Square Enix (2009-present)
Employees 600
Parent Independent (1990-2004)
Sci Entertainment (Eidos plc) (2004-2009)
Square Enix (2009-present)
Website www.eidos.com

Eidos Interactive Ltd. (pronounced /ˈaɪdɒs/, EYE-dos) was a video game developer and publisher based in England. It is now part of Square Enix Europe.[1]

Its best-known game series include Tomb Raider, Hitman, Commandos, Deus Ex, Legacy of Kain, Thief, Timesplitters, and Fear Effect. The company maintains offices all around the world, including the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Australia and Japan.

Eidos officially became part of Square Enix on 22 April 2009. Following a reorganization of Square Enix's European operations, Eidos is slated to be consolidated into a new branch, named Square Enix Europe.[1] The Eidos Interactive brand will cease to be used for game publishing thereafter.[2]

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History

Beginnings and company growth

Eidos plc, later to become the parent company of Eidos Interactive, was founded in 1990 as a company specialising in video compression and non-linear editing systems, particularly for Acorn Archimedes computers, and floated on the London Stock Exchange.

Following a series of rights issues and a strongly rising share price, Eidos plc undertook a series of acquisitions in the games sector, starting with the acquisition of the PC games companies Domark Group Limited (Domark), Simis and Big Red Software in 1995 through a reverse takeover. At the time, Domark was known for 3D Construction Kit, Championship Manager, Hard Drivin', and many other games. Domark (by far the largest of the set), Simis and Big Red were combined into Eidos Interactive.

In 1996, with the success of the Sony PlayStation imminent, Eidos plc acquired CentreGold plc (which included US Gold and Centresoft). Centresoft was sold back in an MBO. US Gold included the valuable asset of Core Design (probably best known for Tomb Raider, Chuck Rock, Curse of Enchantia, Heimdall, Rick Dangerous and E-Motion). A further series of acquisitions and skilful use of capital meant that Eidos plc (now almost entirely consisting of Eidos Interactive) was the fastest growing company in the world in the 1990s, with the share price rising over 400 times from its 1993 low to its 1999 high.

The company was planning to bring out a RISC OS powered games console prior to the collapse of Acorn Computers as a vendor and the sale of the OS to Pace Micro Technology.

In February 2007, Eidos acquired Rockpool Games, along with its two sister companies Ironstone Partners and SoGoPlay.

Takeover by SCi

On 3 August 2004, the Wall Street Journal reported that Eidos was in preliminary discussions with a small number of companies in relation of a possible business combinations. In early March 2005, Eidos admitted that cash reserves had dwindled to £11.9m during the second half of 2004, and pre-tax losses had grown to £29m.

On 21 March 2005, Eidos received a takeover bid from Elevation Partners, the private equity firm owned by former Electronic Arts president John Riccitiello and with a number of notable partners, including U2's lead singer Bono. This takeover valued the company at £71m ($135m), and would inject £23m in order to keep the company solvent in the short term.

On 22 March, Eidos received a second takeover bid from the British games manufacturer SCi Entertainment. Sci offered £74m ($139m), and tabled a restructuring plan to cut £14m from annual costs. To fund this takeover, SCi proposed to sell £60m worth of stock. Eventually, in late April, Elevation Partners formally withdrew its offer, leaving the way clear for SCi. The takeover was finalized on 16 May 2005.

Since the Sci purchase, the vast majority of the old Eidos management have been let go. SCi left their Battersea Office and moved into the old Eidos office on the second floor of Wimbledon Bridge House, 1 Hartfield Road, Wimbledon. Eidos announced on 15 February 2007 that they will open a new studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada responsible for "new undisclosed next-generation projects". Eidos Montreal is developing a new game in the Deus Ex franchise.[3][4]

Ian Livingstone was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for "Services to the Computer Games Industry" in the New Year Honours List 2006 as was Jane Cavanagh in the New Year Honours List 2007.

On 4 September 2007, the board of Sci Entertainment confirmed recent speculation that the company has been approached with a view to making an offer.[5] On 10 January 2008 SCi announced take over and/or merger talks had been halted.[6] As a result, the share price dropped by over 50%. Major investors called for the resignation of key personnel, including Jane Cavanagh, over this issue as well as delays to key titles.[7] On January 18, 2008 CEO Jane Cavanagh, Bill Ennis and Rob Murphy left the company.[8]

Eidos's parent company, Sci, revealed its 2008 financial report. Losses were at £100 million, but new CEO Phil Rogers claimed this was only due to the reconstructing plans.[9] On September 19, 2008 Eidos opened a Shanghai based studio consisting of a small team to build up relations in Asia.[10] On 3 December 2008, Sci changed its name to Eidos Plc (the name of Eidos, prior to the Sci takeover), and also changed its London Stock Exchange ticker symbol from SEG to EID.[11]

Part of Square Enix Europe

In February 2009, Square Enix reached an agreement to purchase Eidos for £84.3 million, pending shareholder approval,[12] with an initial aim of fully buying Eidos on 6 May 2009.[13] The date was brought forward and Square Enix officially took over Eidos on 22 April 2009.

Although Square Enix said earlier that it would let Eidos Interactive remain as it is currently and not meddle in its internal affairs,[14] Square Enix recently announced that it would be stopping game publishing under the Eidos brand and renaming it into Square Enix Europe. Eidos Interactive will most likely cease publishing in 2010.

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Defunct

Games

References

  1. ^ a b c "Square Enix retires Eidos publishing label". 2009-07-08. http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/tombraider8/news.html?sid=6213037. Retrieved 2009-07-10.  
  2. ^ gamesindustry.biz - Square Enix revamps Europe operation // News
  3. ^ "Talks New Montreal Studio". Gamasutra. http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=16365.  
  4. ^ "Eidos resurrecting Deus Ex?". Gamespot. http://uk.gamespot.com/news/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=25638028&part=rss&tag=gs_news&subj=6171079.  
  5. ^ "SCi confirms approach has been made". GamesIndustry.biz. http://www.gamesindustry.biz:80/content_page.php?aid=28301.  
  6. ^ "Lara Croft firm scraps bid talks". BBC News. 11 January 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7182603.stm. Retrieved 3 January 2010.  
  7. ^ "Game Over for Tomb Raider boss". London: Times Online. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article3176808.ece.  
  8. ^ "Eidos management quit due to pressure from shareholders". Thunderbolt Games. http://www.thunderboltgames.com/news/article/eidos-management-quit-due-to-pressure-from-shareholders-news-for-all.html.  
  9. ^ "SCi results reaction". MVC. http://www.mcvuk.com/opinion/212/SCi-results-reaction.  
  10. ^ "Eidos opens Shanghai base". MVC. http://www.mcvuk.com/news/31828/Eidos-opens-Shanghai-base.  
  11. ^ "SCi Entertainment Group Plc - Change of Company Name to Eidos plc". SCi Entertainment Group PLC. 2008-12-02. http://www.hemscott.com/servlet/HsPublic?context=ir.access&ir_option=RNS_NEWS&item=71264244871010&ir_client_id=3144. Retrieved 2009-01-18.  
  12. ^ "Square Enix Trying To Buy Tombraider". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5152117/square-enix-trying-to-buy-tomb-raider.  
  13. ^ "Eidos Pencils In Square Enix Takeover For May". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5164380/eidos-pencils-in-square-enix-takeover-for-may.  
  14. ^ Square Enix Lets Eidos Be Eidos - Eidos - Kotaku

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Eidos Interactive Ltd.
Eidos Interactive Ltd.'s company logo.
Founded 1990
Located Wimbledon, London, England
Website http://www.eidosinteractive.com/

Eidos Interactive is a publisher of video and computer games with its parent company based in England. It is now part of the Eidos Group of Companies and is a subsidiary of that is publicly-traded on the London Stock Exchange.

Its most well-known game series include Tomb Raider, Hitman, Commandos, Deus Ex, Legacy of Kain, Thief, and Fear Effect. Games for the Thief are no longer being developed and the team who developed the most recent incarnation, Ion Storm, has been disbanded.

Eidos officially became part of on 22 April 2009. Following a reorganization of Square Enix's European operations, Eidos is slated to be consolidated into a new branch, named Square Enix Europe. The Eidos Interactive brand will cease to be used for game publishing thereafter.

Eidos Sweden and Eidos Studios Hungary

In 2006 Eidos branched off internationally for game development. Two studios, one in Sweden and one in Budapest, Hungary, were the result[1]; the number of games with their names on them, however, are quite small. As of yet, only Eidos Studios Hungary has their name associated with a game: Battlestations: Midway.

Games

  • 25 To Life
  • Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
  • Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home
  • Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood
  • Battlestations: Midway
  • Battlestations: Pacific
  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
  • Championship Manager 5
  • Chili Con Carnage
  • Chuck Rock
  • Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
    • Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty
    • Commandos 2: Men of Courage
    • Commandos 3: Destination Berlin
    • Commandos: Strike Force
  • Cutthroats: Terror on the High Seas
  • Daikatana
  • Deathtrap Dungeon
  • Deus Ex (2000)
    • Deus Ex: Invisible War (2003)
  • Fear Effect
    • Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix
  • Fighting Force
    • Fighting Force 2
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Gangsters
  • Hitman: Codename 47
    • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
    • Hitman: Contracts
    • Hitman: Blood Money
  • Imperial Glory
  • Infernal (video game)
  • JSF: Joint Strike Fighter
  • Just Cause (video game)
  • Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2
  • Legaia 2: Duel Saga
  • Lego Star Wars: The Video Game
  • Mad Maestro
  • Mister Mosquito
  • Ninja: Shadow of Darkness
  • Official Formula 1 Racing
  • Orion Burger
  • Pocket Pool
  • Praetorians
  • Project Eden
  • Project Snowblind
  • Revenant
  • Shellshock
  • Shellshock: Nam '67
  • Spider The Video Game
  • Startopia
  • Thief
    • Thief: The Dark Project
    • Thief II: The Metal Age
    • Thief: Deadly Shadows
  • Timesplitters
  • Timesplitters 2
  • Tomb Raider (1996)
    • Tomb Raider II
    • Tomb Raider III
    • Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
    • Tomb Raider Chronicles
    • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
    • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend
    • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary
  • Touch the Dead
  • Trade Empires
  • The Unholy War
  • Urban Chaos
  • Urban Chaos: Riot Response
  • Virtual Resort: Spring Break
  • Warzone 2100

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  • Championship Manager 4
  • Championship Manager: Season 00/01
  • Championship Manager: Season 01/02
  • Championship Manager: Season 03/04
  • Championship Manager: Season 97/98
  • Championship Manager: Season 99/00
  • Commandos 3

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  • Hitman: Codename 47

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Gaming

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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Eidos Interactive
Type Defunct (merged into Square Enix Europe)
Founded 1990
Headquarters United States
Germany
France
Australia
Japan
Products Tomb Raider series
Thief series
Hitman series
Parent Company Square Enix
Website http://www.eidosinteractive.com/

Eidos was a developer and publisher of entertainment software with game titles for PC, PlayStation, GameCube, Xbox and N-Gage consoles.

Eidos was the largest video games developer and publisher in the United Kingdom. They are perhaps best known for the Tomb Raider series, Thief series and the Hitman series.

In July 2009, Eidos was absorbed into Square Enix's new European division Square Enix Europe and its development studios were taken over by that organization as well as Square Enix, Inc. The Eidos publishing brand may end around 2010.


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