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Strategy First Acquires Malfador Machinations
Posted on Wednesday, April 5th @ 3:09 am GMT (11434 reads)
SEnet News According to, Aaron Hall has sold all Space Empires intellectual property rights to Strategy First, taking on a management position of the franchise.

"We have monitored the consumer acceptance of the Space Empires franchise since entering into an exclusive distribution and publishing agreement with Malfador in early 2005. The remarkable, ongoing sales of existing games and the tremendous, built-up anticipation for the release of Space Empires V give us confidence that the intellectual property we have acquired will have long-term value as the preeminent space genre game franchise."

While this news is fairly unsettling, keep in mind that it could have been with an Electrotic Arts or an Atari.

Note: Aaron Hall has responded to my emailed questions. Read his responses here.



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Re: Strategy First Acquires Malfador Machinations (Score: 1)
by Fulgrymm on Wednesday, April 5th @ 5:44 am GMT
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Wow, I did not see this coming. The only good thing I see from this is that Aaron is not doing this all by himself. A full development team will have the resources to make a possible SEVI in less than half the time. Whether or not it will be of the same caliber remains to be seen.

Re: Strategy First Acquires Malfador Machinations (Score: 1)
by Atrocities ( on Wednesday, April 5th @ 7:50 am GMT
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SE franchise in the hands of a company that can now, if it choses, fire Aaron, sit on the game, change the game, change the name of the game, lock down the modding by changing the core elements of the SE Series, those being an open inviting method of program that lends itself well to the modding community. And besides, they are Canadian! This just doesn't seem right.

Re: Strategy First Acquires Malfador Machinations (Score: 1)
by Atrocities ( on Wednesday, April 5th @ 12:46 pm GMT
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Well it has turned out to be no joke. This is quite honestly one of the saddest days of my PC gaming life. Although I wish Aaron Hall and SFI the best, I cannot help but feel as though I have lost something very important to me. It was a real joy ride we all had with the freedom and independence of being part of space empires over the last five and half years. But like will all rides, eventually they end. I just hate to see the passing of this era of independent game development. This seems to be a very sad day for many of us. Its SFI's ball now, so lets all wish them luck, and see how well they can run with it.

Re: Strategy First Acquires Malfador Machinations (Score: 1)
by Desert_Fox on Thursday, April 6th @ 5:44 pm GMT
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I doubt that Aaron would sign any contract unless he protects himself. I am crossing my fingers this turns out to be a good thing. I really dislike SF though mainly for screwing Stardock but mostly for their crap games.

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