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The two eventually shook hands and Spintires was updated further over the course of last year, but by the end of 2015 their relationship was back on the rocks. Then, at the beginning of February, concerned Spintires fans spotted something even more serious. The UK government had served notice it would dissolve, as the company had failed to declare its finances. This time, whether Oovee and Pavel suddenly became BFFs again or not, it looked like Spintires had been completely run off the road.
Spintires over the network
Spintires is a detailed driving simulation where you must haul trucks and other vehicles over rough off-road terrain, through mud and rivers and whatever else lies in your way. It's about overcoming difficulty. "Spintires can make a set-piece out of a puddle," Chris Donlan wrote of the game back in 2014. "It can make precisely zero mph feel like knuckle-splintering stuff."
Fella's role at Oovee is as its web systems and IT manager. Now living in Cyprus, Fellas has been involved in a half dozen small businesses back in the UK, many of which are now dissolved. His web design company, Chicsystems, built the sites for Oovee, Spintires and a Yarmouth bed and breakfast he owns, among others. He also built the website for a company named Saxton Haulage, another business interest of Zane Saxton. And then there's Saxton & Co., an umbrella company set up by Saxton of which Fellas is a minority shareholder. Spintires fans noticed the creation of this company last year, as Oovee's own accounts grew increasingly overdue. They feared Oovee would simply be left to go under, while the money Spintires made was transferred elsewhere.
While digging into Spintires for this article, Oovee became aware I had spoken with Pavel, which appears to have rekindled discussion between the two. "[An] Oovee representative actually started responding to me now," Pavel told me, more recently. "We will see where it leads." In the meantime, the legal notice threatening Oovee's dissolution was also rescinded. According to a note posted to Companies House on 3rd February, "cause has been shown" why Oovee should not be struck off the register. At the time of publication, the company's accounts remain overdue.
That's not to say that Spintires is dead, however, even if its current PC version is stuck in the mud. "Spintires is far from over, very far from over!" Fellas concludes. "We realise we have not been as forthcoming as we would like to have been. This has been for a variety of issues, which we commented on the forums about as best as NDAs and legal issues allowed.
Some of this was discussed in Eurogamer's previous investigation into Spintires' background, which detailed the fractious relationship between Oovee and Pavel back in 2016. At the time, there were complaints from both sides which variously alleged a lack of pay and progress made on overdue work. For the sake of the game, and seemingly for the sake of everyone's sanity, the two sides appeared to make up and get on with things for some time - until 2018, when everything began to fall apart once more.
But the legal battles between the companies go much further, to disputes over which company owns the rights to individual Russian tractor designs included in the game, which company owns the Spintires theme music and which company owns all manner of trademarks for Spintires and various potential related spin-offs. And there still appears to be a question mark surrounding what Pavel was paid. Speaking to Eurogamer, Saber suggested the coder had only received under half of what he, Spintires' sole creator, was originally owed.
Oovee is being aided with its legal dealings by Augusta Ventures, a business that "reduces financial risk by funding claimants and disputes around the world" and is "globally networked from three major offices in London, Sydney and Toronto", according to its website. It claims to have provided 585m of capital to claimants to date, funding 252 claims - suggesting an average of 2.3m per claim - with a 66 percent success rate and an interest in taking on "David and Goliath type cases".
That thing was probably me, in fact. Over the course of my first morning with Spintires, I've taken a real shine to the D-537, and in this case taking a shine means I've driven it into many trees, bogged it down in much mud, and repeatedly flipped it over on its side, generally while navigating a pool of shallow water. You'll rarely find a driving game where the pace is as slow, as deliberate as Spintires. You'll rarely find one where a simple incline, covered with thick ruts in the earth, will give you so many reasons to fear for your life. Spintires is arduous, uncompromising, and bare-bones. Inevitably, it's also brilliant.
If there's a potential problem, it probably lies with the structure that, after a morning's play, is just starting to reveal itself. Spintires is a game where the journey is king, even when the journey merely leads you up a dirt track and around a corner. To provide a little more direction, though, Spintires has some basic objectives attached. You can work around a series of rugged locations, unlocking overhead map views and collecting new vehicles, which is all fine, but there also seems to be some kind of simple fetch quest system in place - go over there and gather lumber already!
In a message posted on the Russian social network VK and translated on Steam, developer Pavel Zagrebelnyj accused UK-based publisher Oovee of taking the money and skipping town, leaving him unable to update the game. "Sad news... just seemed like the development process started, I almost finished my map and tools to develop mods (free upgrade)... as our Englishmen from oovee together with the loot disappeared," he said. "I don't have permissions to upload the update to Steam. So now I'll complete and release map editor, in the version it is now, and this will be end of Spintires."
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As reported by Eurogamer, the title was initially published by Oovee, who partnered up with solo developer Pavel Zagrebelnyy for the PC project. Saber came on board later to work on the console versions, later creating sequels Mudrunner and Snowrunner with Zagrebelnyy. Back in 2016, it seemed that Oovee and the solo developer had fallen out, with both parties accusing the other of delayed payment on overdue work. Though the relationship appeared to approve, two years later they fell out again.
Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.
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