You may have noticed that various things are going on in the MSX Revival lately, such as the recent transfer of the MSX trademarks from MSX Association to the MSX Licensing Corporation and the fact that there still isn't a Western edition of the 1chipMSX yet. Little over an hour ago, Bazix has announced on their website that Bazix has decided to stop being the European representative of MSX Association. A summary of the full message:
- Bazix has not been able to bring the commercial MSX Revival beyond the Japanese borders
- Bazix is no longer a representative of MSX Association
- Bazix will not be able to deliver us the announced Western 1chipMSX
- Woomb.net will be taken down until further notice. Current Woomb customers will be able to download and play their purchases though.
- Bazix announces to cooperate with D4 Enterprise and the newly formed MSX Licensing Corporation in one or more retro gaming projects. More info will be expected during autumn 2008.
The full text can be read on the Bazix website. It's clear that Bazix has no intentions to stop their activities, but the transfer of the MSX trademark has put MSX Association into a different position. This, combined with the fact that the Western edition of the 1chipMSX hasn't worked out so far, made Bazix decide to break up with MSX Association and continue their activities with D4 Enterprise/MSX Licensing Corporation. As for the three announced prizes for the MEGA challenge, these have been secured. They will be 1chipMSX'es, but obviously not the intended Western ones.
To end with a bit more optimistic tone: There's still the Project MSX site from D4E. Who knows, the 'one or more retro gaming projects' may just be related to that. We'll keep you informed of further developments!
Relevant link: Bazix