Writing a new chapter - SCi's Ian Livingstone Interview

GamesIndustry.Biz writes: "Ian Livingstone founded Games Workshop in the 1970s as a mail order Dungeons and Dragons distributor that eventually became a gaming manufacturer and retail chain. He was also the co-creator of Fighting Fantasy and wrote several role-playing books in the series - including Deathtrap Dungeon, which inspired an Eidos videogame version in 1998.

Livingstone did some design work for Domark in the 1980s and later became an investor and board member of the publisher before it was acquired by Eidos in 1995. He stayed with Eidos until it was taken over by SCi in 2005, but was the only board member asked back to the company later that year.

The company has gone through turmoil lately, with failed acquisition talks leading to the resignation of SCi's management back in January. Currently, there are rumours of Time Warner or NBC Universal taking a controlling interest in the company. We recently caught up with Livingstone and asked about SCi's restructuring and his opinions on the casual market and original IP - even as the company prepares to launch a Conan MMO and a new Tomb Raider game."

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