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bitComposer Still In Business, Looking For Investors

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2014 @ 1:57 a.m. PST

German based publisher/developer bitComposer Entertainment continues its operations after filing for regular insolvency proceeding, as we reported, and is now looking for investors.

The district court of Frankfurt appointed Dr. Robert Schiebe, insolvency specialist at law firm “Schiebe und Collegen”, as preliminary insolvency administrator on December 3rd. This court decision ended the voluntary protective shield procedure (“Schutzschirm”). The board of bitComposer Entertainment AG want to restructure the company in the current insolvency proceeding and develop a settlement plan to end the insolvency quickly. In particular, they are looking for a strategic investor in order to finance promising new games. The company is supported by Dr. Jörg Eschmann, partner at BearingPoint .

bitComposer was founded in 2009. The company develops and markets games for PC, consoles and mobile platforms for domestic and international markets. Successful titles are “The Voice of Germany”, “Jagged Alliance” and “Stalker”.

Preliminary insolvency administrator Dr. Robert Schiebe, attorney at law firm “Schiebe und Collegen” who also served as provisional trustee in protective shield proceedings already, declared: “Despite its small market share this rapidly growing start-up has acquired an outstanding international reputation and is regarded by independent developers as an important player. In contrast to other start-ups in the gaming market, bitComposer worked profitably from the very beginning until late 2013. This company markets attractive, top-selling titles and is being continued in insolvency with a positive forecast”.

The crisis was largely caused by financial difficulties of its suppliers in game development. bitComposer was not able to complete certain promising projects for new games. Financial targets were missed. On September 26th the company filed for a protective shield procedure (ESUG procedure) at the local court of Frankfurt. Under the protective shield further steps with important creditors and market partners such as developers and publishers were prepared and additional games titles were successfully published. Acting on the recommendation of the provisional creditors’ committee, the board filed for the  transition to regular insolvency proceedings.

“bitComposer is in need for new capital to continue developing new titles for the gaming market. This situation offers opportunities for project financers who wish to fund individual titles and for investors who would like become shareholder. The company maintains long-term relationships to outstanding development studios and offers interesting licences and game brands. The existing potential at this creative games publisher bitComposer offers an interesting strategic option for investors such as media companies and developers of board games,” explained Dr. Jörg Eschmann of BearingPoint.

“The games market made a great turnaround during the last years. After a phase of stagnation we expect great new developments from new consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One. We are adapting games such as “Air Conflicts” and our action RPG “Shadows” to these high-performance consoles and will also introduce other products in 2015,” says bitComposer director Oliver Neupert.

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