Buyers not lining up for unfinished ‘Copernicus’ game

By Patrick Anderson
PBN Staff Writer

One can only imagine how much time gamers would have spent trying to conquer 38 Studios’ “Project Copernicus” massively multiplayer online video game had it ever been completed. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



TECHNOLOGY

Buyers not lining up for unfinished ‘Copernicus’ game

By Patrick Anderson
PBN Staff Writer

Posted 6/16/14

One can only imagine how much time gamers would have spent trying to conquer 38 Studios’ “Project Copernicus” massively multiplayer online video game had it ever been completed.

The project former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s company worked on more than a year included an elaborate, medieval-themed, digital fantasy world for thousands of players to interact and compete in over the Internet.

Now the complexity of the unfinished game, the most significant asset left behind by the defunct company, is proving at least as challenging, and time consuming, to sell as it would have been to play.

Richard J. Land, the state receiver charged with recovering as much of 38 Studios’ assets as possible for its creditors, acknowledged this month that a potential deal for the remaining 38 Studios assets he had hoped to finalize during the spring had not come together.

“To be honest, I was hoping to have it wrapped up by now,” Land said about the sale of “Copernicus.” “There is progress to a sale being made. … I am hoping it is not months away.”

Even before a potential sale bogged down this year, the process of marketing the unfinished remains of “Copernicus” was proving to be an adventure.

Months after the bankruptcy, Land had been working on cataloguing, preserving and packaging work from the various games 38 Studios had been working on, including digital animation, characters, story lines and computer programs.

After auctions of 38 Studios physical property at its former Providence headquarters and Baltimore office in October 2012, an intellectual property auction was first scheduled for last November.

But citing a “strong response” of more than “two dozen” bidders, Land and Heritage Global Partners auction house postponed the sale until Dec. 10 to provide more time to collect offers.

Next Page
Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Join PBN for the best networking event and party of the winter - January 15, 2015 - the Book of Lists Party at the Providence Public Library. Reserve your spot by December 31st and get a holiday gift from PBN!
  • Best Places to Work
    Enrollment is now open for the 7th annual Best Places to Work program. Winners w ...
  • Manufacturing Awards
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Awards. Dea ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News
    Advertisement