View Full Version : Midway Files for Bankruptcy

02-13-2009, 09:38 AM
Midway Games filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy ([Only registered and activated users can see links]). Chairman, President and CEO Matt Booty called the filing “a difficult but necessary decision,” adding that it buys the company time to figure out how to proceed from here. For now, business continues as usual, and Midway has filed several First Day Motions in hopes of keeping it that way as restructuring takes place.
But enough of that business talk. As various publications covered the news today, they unwittingly pointed out the publisher’s biggest flaw. “Midway Games Inc., the creator of the Mortal Kombat video-game series … ,” wrote the L.A. Times ([Only registered and activated users can see links]). “Midway, famous for its ‘Mortal Kombat’ franchise … ,” Reuters noted ([Only registered and activated users can see links]). “The long-struggling publisher of Mortal Kombat filed for bankruptcy this morning,” Kotaku wrote ([Only registered and activated users can see links]).
See the pattern? Now, try to think of another major publisher whose entire existence is defined by one franchise. EA’s got Madden, but it also has The Sims and Spore. Activision has Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and — after becoming Activision-Blizzard — World of Warcraft. Ubisoft has several successful franchises under the Tom Clancy umbrella.
You could argue that Take-Two will be remembered most for Grand Theft Auto, but that just proves my point. GTA seems to reinvent itself as something new and exciting with each generation, but Mortal Kombat is no longer revolutionary. Cartoonish blood and gore, once a novel concept, is old hat now. Without that trick up its sleeve, the franchise became a follower of better button-mashers like Soul Calibur, Tekken and Virtua Fighter. To be fair, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is doing well, but that idea is more of a gimmick than a long-term cash cow.
The sad thing is, Midway was once a glorious game publisher. It put out Space Invaders and Ms. Pac-Man, for goodness sakes. And who could forget NBA Jam?
Apparently, everybody. I could go on about why those games aren’t viable anymore, but the point is that Midway has done little to stay relevant. While other companies have figured out how to milk their best franchises through the years, Midway seems like it never grew out of the arcade era.

02-13-2009, 09:41 AM
that is so bad but they are going to make it

02-13-2009, 01:05 PM
Well I've known mk was in the same old continues loop for ages now..although a lot of us love mk because of that arcade feel, but that's all they've ever had..there can be breakthroughs, such as mk deception, that was a much anticipated release and did great. The other problem is it's the same things offered with a few new ideas..it's hard for them, but they need something really big to pull this off. I can't say what, just that maybe a totally new game..Also the storylines aren't that appealing and hence partial why they haven't gotten a big break since.

I have suspected that this could be the result one day..bankruptcy, not lost of interest but didn't want it to happen...sorry for sounding the pessimist, but it is the same loop but as I love mk as the rest of us long term and short term fans, for their sake, I do hope they pull through. I would hate to see it end..the story is what i love best about the game =)