Retro computer project directors row

Retro computer project directors row

The founders of a crowd-funded project to make a retro computer games console, backed by Spectrum inventor Sir Clive Sinclair, have distanced themselves from the company they used to run.

Retro Computers has received £417,375 ($542,000) from an Indiegogo campaign.

But former directors Paul Andrews and Chris Smith said they had been unable to answer backers’ concerns and were now “publicly distancing” themselves.

The company accused Mr Andrews and Mr Smith of developing a rival product.

‘Irreconcilable differences’

A company with a similar name, Retro Games Ltd, has a website registered to Mr Andrews.

It has also attempted to crowd-fund a retro computer device – although its is based on the Commodore 64 – but failed to meet its target.

Mr Andrews and Mr Smith said in a statement they had had no control of the Spectrum company, Retro Computers, since their resignation in April.

However, the pair do retain a joint 50% shareholding.

Mr Andrews and Mr Smith said they had received many emails from the project’s backers questioning the production status of the Vega+ handheld console but had not been able to get answers from the company.

In a joint statement, they said: “Andrews and Smith therefore feel they have no choice but to publicly distance themselves from Retro Computers Ltd, and make it very clear that as they have no knowledge, control or say in anything that has happened in the company since they resigned on 8 April 2016, they are unable to answer any questions relating to the company or its projects.”

Their resignation followed “irreconcilable differences” between the two men and company chairman Dr David Levy.

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