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Empire Interactive is a defunct video game developer and publisher founded in 1987. It went out of business in 2009.

Empire Interactive
IndustryInteractive entertainment
FounderIan Higgins and Simon Jeffrey[1]
Defunct2009 (2009)
ParentSilverstar Holdings (2006-2009)
SubsidiariesXplosiv Grabit Edit this on Wikidata


Company historyEdit

Empire Interactive was a publisher of interactive entertainment software for 22 years. Headquartered in the UK, they also had offices in the U.S., Germany, France, Spain and Italy. The company developed and published a varied range of titles for all contemporary platforms in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Games such as Starsky & Hutch, Big Mutha Truckers, the Ford Racing series and FlatOut were some of their major successes.[2] They also operated the "Xplosiv" and "eJay" imprints, focusing on budget titles and music creation tools respectively.

After struggling financially for several years, they were purchased by Silverstar Holdings in 2006 and became a wholly owned subsidiary. On 4 May 2009 it was announced that the company had gone into administration and would be shutting down permanently. Their intellectual properties were sold to New World IP of the United States and all 49 staff were laid off.[3] New World IP then leased the rights to publish Empire's entire catalogue to Zoo Games.[4]


Xplosiv, established in January 2000, was Empire Interactive's publishing label for budget or rerelease games by Empire themselves or contracted third parties. Empire positioned the published titles with price points of £9.99 and £4.99 in 2001, and in late 2002 added PlayStation 2 titles into the range, at £9.99 and £19.99.[5]

Xplosiv planned to enter the U.S. market in 2005.[6]


Games published and/or developed by Empire include:


  1. ^ "Empire Interactive Europe Ltd". MobyGames. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  2. ^ Empire Interactive information Archived 19 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine from IGN
  3. ^ Empire IP Rights Sold As 49 Staff Made Redundant from
  4. ^ Graft, Kris (7 May 2009). "Zoo Publishing Picks Up Empire Slate". Gamasutra. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
  6. ^ Xplosive - About Us

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