Is this a wind-up? Planet Computers boss calls time on ZX Spectrum reboot firm

Retro Computers Ltd, which absorbed £513,000 of backers’ cash to produce ZX Spectrum-themed recreation consoles it then failed to deliver, has been wound up – via Private Planet.

RCL, whose fortunes had been chronicled on El Reg, became wound up on 1 February 2019 with the aid of Private Planet Ltd. That company’s sole director is Janko Mrsic-Flogel, whose different business enterprise, Planet Computers Ltd, produces the Gemini PDA – and additionally introduced the 2nd machine in November 2018, the Cosmo Communicator.

Music-Flogel is likewise a former director of RCL. He resigned from RCL in August ultimate year before one of the many legal hearings that culminated in his being ordered to pay £38,000 in criminal prices to 2 of RCL’s founders.

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Music-Flogel had to stump up together with RCL’s different then-directors: chairman David Levy and MD Suzanne Martin, in addition to the corporation itself. Private Planet’s winding-up petition changed into first filed on 30 November 2018. To acquire a winding-up order, a creditor must be owed at least £750 by way of an organization.

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Private Planet’s director became firstly added aboard RCL’s unwell-fated ZX Spectrum Vega+ console mission by using David Levy after co-founders Paul Andrews and Chris Smith left in 2016. Smith had written the console’s firmware however had no longer surpassed over ownership to RCL by way of his departure, leaving the company in need of alternative software. The few dozen machines (RCL claimed four hundred) that eventually reached customers had been located to be walking freeware emulation software program FUSE.

We have contacted Mrsic-Flogel to ask him for proof and will update this article if he responds. RCL’s sole director at the time of its winding-up, David Levy, had overlooked emailed requests from The Register to explain what had befallen. RCL changed into no longer represented at the winding-up listening to, a courtroom authentic told El Reg.

As for crowdfunding web page Indiegogo, we’ve got requested whether or not it’ll have interaction within the liquidation process to get better monies for RCL’s customers, as it promised to do final yr. ®

Updated to feature at 09:27 UTC five February
An Indiegogo spokesperson informed us: “Indiegogo is continuing the procedure of trying to recoup backer finances. We guide any attempt to recover price range for backers, both thru the liquidation or different venues.”