It's not every day we at Retro Computers get to be part of something much bigger than ourselves, but the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity is number one on that list - personally as well as professionally. Amit Aggarwal, Director of Corporate Partnerships, said: "On behalf of everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children¹s Charity, I'd like to thank Retro Computers for their generous donation of £20,000 to the charity. Their support will help us make a difference to patients and families across the UK."
Through our lawyers we received a request from Mr Darren Melbourne that we remove from the Vega+ the two games he contributed to the original Vega product.
We were pleased to comply with Mr Melbourne's request that “his games” "Hades Nebula" and "Kick off" would not feature in the Vega+.
Yesterday at our launch event, we were delighted to have some of the most experienced members of the Spectrum community as our guests.
The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ to give our product its full name, comes complete with 1,000 licensed games built-in and is currently available via the InDemand phase on Indiegogo, will launch on the 20th October. Shortly before that, on the 19th October, the Roll of Honour will be frozen, and you will no longer be able to pledge to have your name or the name of a loved one permanently etched in retro computer gaming history. You will still be able to purchase a Vega+ via the IndieGoGo InDemand phase, but from the 19th October onwards we will no longer be adding names of backers to the list.
On Friday 7th October, 13 days before the launch of the Vega+, Chris Smith, through his lawyers, asked Retro Computers Limited to remove his game "Cybex" from the Vega+.
Given the recent behaviour of the former director(s) of our company, Paul Andrews and Chris Smith, we can confirm that we had anticipated this action by Chris Smith, who is a full-time employee/contractor of the government body Companies House in Cardiff, and we had therefore never planned to include his game in the Vega+ and had already removed it.
We will be releasing a new games list very soon.
Through our lawyers we have received a request from Mr Darren Melbourne that we remove from the Vega+ the two games he contributed to the original Vega product.
Darren Melbourne is also one of Paul Andrews's and Chris Smith’s co-shareholders in a company called Retro Games Ltd, not to be confused with Retro Computers Ltd, and it was set up with the aim of developing, manufacturing and marketing a retro version of the Commodore 64 computer. That company was set up in August 2015, by Paul Andrews, from the Luton offices of Retro Computers Limited.
The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ to give it it's full name, comes complete with 1,000 licensed games built-in and is currently available via the InDemand phase on Indiegogo, will launch on the 20th October.
This is this first of a number of updates we will be making over the next few days including a tiny film (we think you will like), news on delivery and a bit of "house-keeping" from the team at Retro.
I would not normally comment on such matters but given that this is the third factually inaccurate statement being released to media by Paul Andrews and Chris Smith and or their associates, purporting to distance themselves from the Vega Project(s) we seek to clarify the misinformation and we are grateful for our right to reply.
Retro Computers Ltd has today confirmed that the company's development team will be delivering a number of important new features for the Vega+ games console, which is in the advanced stages of software development on the hardware produced by SMS Electronics Ltd.