Midway gets credit extension

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe publisher now has until February 19 to pay back $75 million, in talks with remaining debt holders.

Last month, Midway Games revealed that it was carrying a crushing debt load of $240 million--$167.5 million more than the company's total assets as of September 30. Worse still, it looked as if the once-mighty Mortal Kombat publisher had only until mid-January to repay the debt. After that date, holders of $150 million in loans could demand immediate repayment from Midway--a repayment that, by its own account, the company could likely not come up with.

Apparently taking the age-old adage "You can't get blood from a stone" to heart, some of Midway's creditors are extending its payment deadline. According to an 8-K form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this morning, the publisher now has until February 19 to pay down $75 million of debt--or half of the $150 million due next week.

As for the other $75 million, a senior Midway rep told GameSpot that his company is in talks with the owners of the debt. "We're making progress getting our bondholders to agree," said the rep, who emphasized the debt negotiations won't affect the February 16 release of The Wheelman. "We're still on track for that," he said.

Though Midway's financial situation is grim, it's not completely hopeless. In mid-December, it took drastic steps to cut costs by laying off 25 percent of its staff, canceling "non-core" projects. The company is also expecting a boost of revenue from the highly anticipated, decently reviewed comic/fighting-game crossover Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, which went on sale in mid-November.

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metalkid9
metalkid9

@veteran_gamer, I think Just Cause 2 is gonna be a great game!

veteran_gamer
veteran_gamer

During the days of Nintendo and Sega gaming systems in the early-mid 90's, these guys were the leaders of arcade gaming. Capcom was right up there with them if not bigger. But in all fairness and honesty, as soon as the arcade scene died, these guys began to die off...at a slow, drawn out rate. If you don't make good games, all the money you save in forced release dates, staff, lack of experimention, engine development, etc. All you end up with, is a release date that looks nice on paper, and a product people will spit on and curse, further ruining your name as a developer/distributor, making the consumer have no faith in future titles you release. One bad egg, and it takes a long time to redeem yourself. Look at Eidos, these days, it's rule of thumb - anything they make = crap. The trailer looks good though! - It'll still be crap. Look at the features it has! - It'll still be crap. Resources & financial flexibility aren't the main formula for success. There has to be a hunger, a will to succeed. It has to be a happy family, a well fed and proud family. Staff has to love what they do, love the company, and truly desire to surpass the general standards in all aspects of gaming/development. You see, when the craftsmanship & passion is there, all this money crap takes care of itself, because the consumer feels the effort and dedication in the final product. The alternative, is crap like this, Eidos and a few other infamous names.... Games that feel FORCED, INCOMPLETE and SUB-STANDARD. That being said, Midway, you did give us Mortal Kombat (mainly one and two), and have left your mark in gaming history. At least you can hold that after you disband and become a forgotten entity in the quickly evolving world of gaming. r.i.p.

GriffinLord602
GriffinLord602

Of course its 'on track' for The Wheelman. Because realisticly, that is the only chance they have left to get any decent amount of money. And to be honest, even that is unlikely, because The Wheelman isn't exactly the most excitingly anticipated game of 2009 :L.

richioso
richioso

"necronaux Posted Jan 7, 2009 5:49 pm GMT Doesn't look good. Where's their government bail out? If crooked bankers and car dealers can money, why can't the good guys get something?" Well, to put it simply, Midway haven't made a good game in years and don't employ millions of people. Anyway you're probably too young to remember when Midway were the kings of development. From C64 to SNES/Megadrive.

Brokendemise
Brokendemise

I agree with Retro, it's really a shame and very heartbreaking to see these companies in the downfall. They're the pioneer's of the video game age and were once some of the most respected creators in their time. The problem with Midway is that the titles and contracts it recieves, they have a tendency to screw up and they're very arcade based, which means many of the new generation of 'gamers' really aren't interested. They need to really expand out of Mortal Kombat, or they're off to the auction block...

picklesrocks
picklesrocks

well their other latest games like blacksite area 51 were not as good as hoped so its a shame really

RetroGamer34233
RetroGamer34233

It's a shame a company that has been around since pinball machines were popular is drowning in the tank. Back in the day, Midway games such as Spy Hunter, Galaga, Galaxian and Tron were pioneers of the industry. It's sad to see companies that got me into gaming way back when stumble.

necronaux
necronaux

Doesn't look good. Where's their government bail out? If crooked bankers and car dealers can money, why can't the good guys get something?

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

Good Luck Midway, but I doubt they'll do it. But hey, if they do, then sweeeeet...

Warlypwnage
Warlypwnage

minus the lack of gore, MK vs DC is a great fighting game. I hope midway makes it through this as MK has always been my favorite fighting series. gl to midway.

Scorpion16
Scorpion16

"I hope they make it, i kind of like their games but!!!! if they´re so desperate for money how come there's no DLC for MK V DC yet? Come on!" Because the game was a flop that's why. It should have never been made period. If Midway had cranked out a next gen MK game with no DC characters they may not be in this position.

ZhugeMarc
ZhugeMarc

Midway are going down, and going down hard.

Fat_Boy_PT
Fat_Boy_PT

I hope they make it, i kind of like their games but!!!! if they´re so desperate for money how come there's no DLC for MK V DC yet? Come on!

ImYourStalker
ImYourStalker

I don't know much about business but what would be the point of all the businesses trying to get there money at the same time. They all know that they won't be able to get it back and I don't really see a reason for them to try unless they have come on really hard times, but then they still might not get there money back unless I'm missing something.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

Midway who has been making so-so games for the last 10 years gets a credit extension while EGM who have been making arguably the best video games magazine is being canceled. There really is no justice left in this world.

BruceWayne0404
BruceWayne0404

seriously have been a member of gamespot longer than most of you have been alive. that being said midway was one of the best and innovative game developers yeah mk vs dc didnt have fatality's but instead took the gamer back to a much better combo system and breathed fresh life into the genre, look at it as a new beginning with tried and true concepts, they traded shock value for core gameplay

Darkon_X
Darkon_X

When was the last time Midway released a good game? Well I still play that old school UMK on Xbox arcade that game is the ****.

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

Why don't they re-release NBA Jam for Xbox Live and PSN. There is an easy few million there surely.

guyvue
guyvue

there are so many great ideas to make a good MK game, but instead Ed Boon and Midway sucker do the lazy way and this is what they get. Come on, MK suppose to be action and brutally and DC suppose to be mostly for kids/teens, why mix them? They should just make MK Shaolin Monks 2 would have been better.

brkr12002
brkr12002

Man I hope Wheelman does make it out. I remember when Acclaim started going under. There were several games that didn't get published for a couple years down the road.

Mr__Peanut
Mr__Peanut

Ed Boon should be hung from a tree

Media_Mind
Media_Mind

Now, the future for MK is uncertain...

suprsolider
suprsolider

Ah, Midway. They used to be huge in the early 1990's But now they have fallen. I remember the glory days of Midway and it's head to head rivalry of Mortal Kombat VS Capcom's Street Fighter 2. Good times.

Dflowen
Dflowen

HAHAHA Loser midway producing not so good game, MK vs DC plus adding a huge debt. I like MK but this game should have never been made IMO. Street Fighter 4 is the fighting game for 09 and also the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom for Wii, Capcom takes the fighting game genre.

FelixTheGreat15
FelixTheGreat15

Midway is a good company, but just got in over its head to far. It's good to see the bondholders given them a second chance of sorts and giving them a credit extension. I think Midway deserves it and will have better games to make in the future.

Pete5506
Pete5506

It sounds like the end for midway, but if they could make better games they would not be in this mess

AZisBack
AZisBack

I bet EA will own Mortal Kombat in a few years.

Gen007
Gen007

still dont feel sorry for them the havent made good games since the 90s its sad though in these though times i hate to see peoples jobs in danger but they are one of the few the really did it to themselves.

NaK360
NaK360

I think there's no more place in the market for a compagny like Midway. They used to make some good games, like the Mortal Kombat serie, but they went down since the PS2, Xbox and GC generation. They never really made some awesome games for those consoles. They were not able to show us their talent on the new generation consoles either. I think it is the end for them, even though they made one of my favorite serie ever.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

They have talent and strong IPs, but focus too much on high budget projects. A larger handheld lineup could help reduce cost.

alixkid
alixkid

It would be a shame to see one of the old school Game comapnys that has been around for years go under. Praying for you Midway.

ColorblindMonk
ColorblindMonk

The mighty has fallen. It will not be easy to get back if the deadline needs to be extended, with that kind of debt also. Either they bounce back and focus on what they need to do to stay where they were before, or they had a good run.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

hope that they get things worked out and get back on their feet

Chris_555_TK
Chris_555_TK

Make better games and you won't be in this mess. Pure and simple.

Inconnux
Inconnux

If anything they should concentrate on consoles with the largest market share. Drop PS3 development and stick with Wii and Xbox360.

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

I think Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is what killed them. I'm sure they paid a hefty sum of money for that license.

cometkd
cometkd

midway i am not saying this in a smart way hoenstly.......the way to bounce back is go back to what u got u here! and now use the ps3 console to it's potentially and show it off, as well as ur company and make a few games that stands out! i guranteeeee it will get u back! have faith in the ps3! look at gow3, resistance 1,2, mgs4 etc......trust me take ur time and release an exclusive and i know u guys will bounce back! god bless!!

otanikun
otanikun

Wow, I really hope they stay in the game here, I'm worried

Angre_Leperkan
Angre_Leperkan

Idk how MK Vs DC was, but I loved the MK games, so I hope Midway is okay :[

thepyrethatburn
thepyrethatburn

I hope for the best on this but, if they do manage to survive this, Midway is going to have to start doing better on the business management side of their business.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

WHAT? If THEY can get a loan, I'M going to the bank!

ne0man
ne0man

Man, I remember playing a lot of good games all my life with the Midway logo in them. To me this is only second worse news to Free Radical going down

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I hope they can pull out of this one. They make some really good games, I just wish they would stick around to be able to make more of them.

BradHummr
BradHummr

I agree with mikeo1229, I hope they pull through this. Not to mention The Wheelman looks pretty entertaining. I'm just glad they aren't TOTALLY dead yet. There is still hope!

Dreggsao
Dreggsao

sounds like "good bye midway" and yeah they never made the best games but they had style!

mikeo1229
mikeo1229

I hope Midway pulls through, I would hate to see them go.