Loki’s Details on Closing Down

January 30th, 2002 by Alkini

Loki Software wrote in with the following update regarding the details of their imminent closure, which is taking place tomorrow:

We’d like to update our customers on a few items as we prepare to closedown.

1) The Loki webstore will remain open until 12:00 p.m. P.S.T. January 31st,2002. All orders placed on the webstore will be filled. Even though we areofficially closing on the 31st, several of us are going to be in the officeto make sure all orders ship.

2) Many of you have asked about support and maintenance for Loki products.We have taken the following steps:

a) all patches, FAQs, newsgroups and other online support services willcontinue to operate with a third party host. The Loki domains will beredirected to point to the new host, so you won’t need to make any changesto continue to use these services.

b) all source code has been returned to the respective licensors. Althoughwe cannot guarantee that each licensor will continue to support the Linuxversions of their titles, we have made certain that they have all thenecessary tools to do so. Don’t be shy about letting them know yourthoughts on the matter.

3) Finally, some have asked about the actual process of closing down. Asyou may know, Loki filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition on August 3, 2001.We will be filing a motion to convert the case to a Chapter 7–aliquidation. At that time all of Loki’s assets will be transfered to a U.S.Trustee appointed by the Court. The Trustee’s job will be to sell thoseassets to the highest bidder.

Thank you for your support these past three years.

Best wishes,
The Loki Software team

18 Responses to “Loki’s Details on Closing Down”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    this is so sad. Loki’s people did a wonderfull job, maybe some will evaluate what mistakes were made, but I’m only sorry they werent lucky enough.
    All in all, it’s just luck.
    So long and Thanks for all the great ports.

  2. shamu247 Says:

    Thank you again from jon.

    I loved you guys and still do.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    You did good, and I mean it.

  4. dvNull Says:

    Before I say goodbye, I would like to thank every person at Loki for the wonderful job they did the past 3 years. I have purchased every single title since Civ CTP except for Erik’s Ultimate Solitaire.

    Loki has put out ports of excellent quality and provided enough tools for the rest of us to contribute to the Linux gaming society. This is a treasure in iteself.

    Thank you very much.


  5. tyreth Says:

    The original companies obtaining the linux port source code m ay be beneficial if that company decides to produce a game with a linux port as well. Also, pressuring them to maintain patches may have the effect of forcing them to consider linux as one of their target platforms for initial releases of future products.

    Here’s hoping.

  6. x30n Says:

    I personally want to thank each and every one of the members of the Loki team. This is a sad moment to me, and seems like a small setback in the battle of linux on the mainstream desktop. But the battle is by no means over, the beauty of open source OS alternatives will shine through. Thank you again for all of your contributions and good luck in your future endeavors. I love you guys and everyone else who is fighting the good fight!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I’ll give you 99 cents on the pound.

  8. geekd Says:

    Thank you so much, Loki! I have 5 of your games, and I enjoy them alot. I also program Linux games using SDL. Thank you for your effort, for Tribes 2, for Alpha Centari, for SDL, and for everything. You will be sorely missed.


  9. Anonymous Says:

    I bought games I knew I would barely play just to support you guys, now I’ll have to keep all the boxes for nostalgia value. Thanks for all the great games and good luck

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Eventually there will be another company like Loki. When the time is right, it will happen. Till then, looking at the stack of Loki games near by, I’m saddened that this is the end of the line for this ambitious company.

    While the company will be missed, the people are still very much around (Hello Sam! SDL rocks!), and from the look of things that small core is expanding steadily if not with the force of a sonic boom.

    Instead of being disuaded at the loss of Loki, or the present pace, I’ve become a bit inspired. I’ve decided to take another crack at John R. Hall & Loki Software’s book Programming Linux Games again, and also on one of the pet commercial projects I’ve been mulling around in my mind.

    The focus I’ve settled on is simplification and integration with other platforms instead of fighting them. Commercial applications can be sold to users of Linux — I’m the proof of that.

    The time of the ‘average Joe’ consumer using Linux and other Unix-style systems is here…just that most ‘average Joes’ don’t notice it yet. How we adapt to the new challenges will make a big difference over the next three to five years.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    To all Loki people past and present — you rock at every level. You’re an inspiration to every line of code I write towards gaming on Linux, commercial and free. Take care and good luck!

  12. Anonymous Says:

    First of all thanks to everyone who has worked a loki, they did some great work.
    On a more serious note this might just convince people that if they want to have the option of playing games on linux they have to buy them. That might sound obvious, but many people play the demos, or program with sdl/openal and think about buying the games – maybe even convince themselves they’ll buy it tommorow but never get around to it. It’s too late for loki, and that’s a shame, but they did a lot of work at making gaming under linux easier so now there are other companies producing linux games – if we want them (or at least th linux versions of there games) to survive then we’ll have to support them (The point is also true for the rest of commercial software on linux.)
    As an aside i wonder if it would be possible to set up a system to assess demand for linux games, where you sign a petition if you want a game to be ported – and hand over your credit card details at the same time. As soon as enough people have signed up for the port to be viable the credit cards are debitted the full cost of the game (perhaps with a small discount as an incentive). The games could then be shipped as soon as the port is finished. The great thing about this would be that if enough people signed up the port would be guaranteed to be self financing, any retail sales afterwards would be definitely profit! Also if there was a counter showing how many more people would need to sign up it would be an incentive to actually do it, and convince others to do the same. It should also avoid the issue of guessing what people want to buy – they’ve already told you.(Yes it would be a bit like transgamings system, except you wouldn’t have to pay a subscription as well as the price of the game, and the ports would be native)
    So, anyone fancy starting a company? (just out of interest, if anyone is in a position to know(ex loki employees etc…), roughly how many copies of a port would you have to sell to break even? )

  13. Karn Says:

    Thanks for giving us Linux gamers a shot Loki.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    They were doomed from the start. You can’t survive by porting – most of the OS indifferent people already bought the game. They should’ve licensed some games from independed developers that weren’t yet released.

    PS I do own 3 Loki titles – so please, no flames.

  15. Apopatos Says:

    I loved loki because now I am in able to play myth2 and Civ. You made excellent job all this years and because of you now I am a Linux fun gamer.Good luck, my friends, to the future!

  16. DawhatX Says:

    Loki may have died, but others will follow in their footsteps. Someday I hope to see a game equal to Half-life or Baldur’s Gate exclusive to Linux. Loki’s strategy of just porting games was not the greatest, but creating commerical games for Linux? Loki will not be forgotten for their contribution to the community.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Many companies fail.. but few fail with such amazing grace. In its years loki created the infrastructure for gnu/linux and bsd games. We salute thee…

    At least those of us who purchased games feel ok(ish) , we did our bit.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    I own several loki titles: hgII, civ ctp, mythII, descentIII, mindrover, quakeIII.
    I felt a certain pride in our community when I finally got
    my hands on the first “packaged” commercial linux game,
    civ ctp.

    Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put into creating
    a worthy infrastructure for game development on Linux.
    May others follow in your footsteps!


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