Beautiful Game Studios

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Beautiful Game Studios
Division
Industry Video game industry
Founded2003;15 years ago (2003)
Headquarters,
Key people
Roy Meredith (general manager)
Products Championship Manager series
Parent Square Enix Europe
Website www.bgstudios.co.uk/   Edit this on Wikidata

Beautiful Game Studios is a British video game developer based within the Wimbledon district of London, England. Founded in 2003, [1] the studio was announced on 30 January 2004, as internal development team of Eidos Interactive (later renamed Square Enix Europe), that would focus on the development of Championship Manager , after the original developer of the series, Sports Interactive, departed from Eidos Interactive in 2003. [2]

On 25 November 2009, after Eidos Interactive was acquired by Square Enix and renamed Square Enix Europe, the company announced that Beautiful Game Studios would undergo restructuring "to build a successful commercial future for the Championship Manager brand". [3] Within that restructuring, around 80% of jobs were cut or relocated to Eidos Shanghai in a cost-cutting exercise, while Roy Meredith was kept as general manager. [4]

On 7 September 2010, Beautiful Game Studios announced that they had entered into a strategic partnership with Chinese publisher Shanda Games, which granted them distribution of upcoming Championship Manager games in China. [5] The partnership grew largely from the then-enlarged Eidos Shanghai studio's previous work with Shanda Games, as well as long-term communications between Beautiful Game Studios, Eidos Shanghai and Shanda Games. [6] The resulting project, Championship Manager: World of Football , was announced on 19 July 2011. [7] The game was set to be a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game, [8] however the game was never released, making Championship Manager 2010 , released on 11 September 2009, the latest game to be developed by Beautiful Game Studios.

References

  1. Staff (26 November 2009). "Square Enix Restructures Beautiful Game Studios, Cuts Positions". Gamasutra . Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. Jenkins, David (30 January 2004). "Eidos Creates Internal Dev Team". Gamasutra . Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  3. Elliott, Phil (25 November 2009). "Beautiful Game Studios to be restructured". GamesIndustry.biz . Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  4. de Matos, Xav (26 November 2009). "Square Enix makes cuts to Beautiful studio". Engadget . Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  5. GamesIndustry International (7 September 2010). "Beautiful Game Studios/Shanda Games deal". GamesIndustry.biz . Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  6. Orry, James (7 September 2010). "The changing face of Beautiful Game Studios - VideoGamer.com". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  7. Parfitt, Ben (19 July 2011). "F2P Championship Manager MMO revealed". MCV . Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  8. Olivetti, Justin (19 July 2011). "Square Enix invites Championship Manager into the MMO club". Engadget . Retrieved 29 October 2017.