Feeds

All Gameplayed out

Wireplay MBO

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Gameplay is reduced to a shell after selling its last remaining business, games ISP Wireplay to an MBO team.

To be precise, the management team, grouped under a new company called Arena Technik Ltd, is buying the assets of Wireplay for £132,500.

News of the impending acquisition was leaked to The Register two weeks ago (Story: Wireplay still up for sale).

Arena Technik in effect inherits a name, software and customer lists. But there doesn't appear to be much in the way of goodwill: Bruce Heck, former GamePlay CTO, and Tim Gummer, former head of GamePlay Studios, published their mobile phone numbers last week on their new Website. According to Eurogamer.net, "this attracted quite a lot of attention from former Gameplay fans and employees, with whom the pair weren't all that popular".

Wireplay has been in suspended animation for several weeks and up for sale even longer. Wireplay's editorial/content team defected last month to a games ISP start-up established by BlueYonder, the broadband arm of Telewest. The Blueyonder games op goes live in September.

The games ISP market in the UK looks up up for grabs: Wireplay and Barrysworld, historically the two biggest players, have both been bust, and NGUK, a niche operator, looks likes it has lost the will to live. Its servers appear to have been switched off, as of September 1.

The free multiplayer gaming scene in the UK has been great for consumers, but crap for business. The sector will only become reasonably healthy, if the operators charge reasonable subscription fees to gamers. Who will be the first to lose their nerve? ®

Related Stories

NGUK gets fragged
Blueyonder to launch new games site
BarrysWorld saved by EB

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.