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  • End of September 2016
  • October 2016
  • In time for Xmas 2016
  • February 2017
  • A "few weeks" from March 10th 2017
  • Summer 2017
  • 8 weeks from August 9th (October 4th, 2017)
  • Mid October 2017
  • April 2018
  • May 8th - 12th 2018
  • May 12th 2018
  • May 31st 2018 (Indiegogo deadline)
  • June 15th 2018
  • July 6th 2018

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Press

The Vega+ scam that led to 5,000 backers losing more than half a million pounds has been covered in various media articles:

ZX Spectrum Vega+ 'backer'? Nope, you're now a creditor – and should probably act fast
22/02/2019

Speak up and you might recover some of that £513k. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Speak up and you might recover some of that £513k. People who paid for one of the infamous ZX Spectrum Vega+ handheld game consoles are being urged to register themselves as creditors of the company before a liquidator is appointed. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Is this a wind-up? Planet Computing calls time on ZX Spectrum reboot firm
05/02/2019

Lots of unanswered questions remain – and nobody's talking. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Lots of unanswered questions remain – and nobody's talking. Retro Computers Ltd, which absorbed £513,000 of backers' money to produce ZX Spectrum-themed game consoles it then failed to deliver, has been wound up – by Private Planet. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Court orders moribund ZX Spectrum reboot firm's directors to stump up £38k legal costs bill
23/01/2019

Looks like the final act in the grubby Vega+ saga. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Looks like the final act in the grubby Vega+ saga. Just as readers thought the saga of dodgy Sinclair reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd had ended, the High Court has ruled that its current and former directors owe £38,000 in legal costs to two of its founders. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal firm's original directors rejoin
09/11/2018

And the chairman is Not Happy At All about that. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.And the chairman is Not Happy At All about that. The times, they are a-changin’ at flailing ZX Spectrum reboot biz Retro Computers Ltd as two of the firm’s original directors have rejoined it – with a furious chairman insisting this is “illegal”. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal man sits on Steve Bannon design tech shindig committee
05/11/2018

RCL chief David Levy is member of ACE2018 committee. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.RCL chief David Levy is member of ACE2018 committee. David Levy, one of the players in the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ scandal in the UK, has reappeared in the news – in connection with a gaming and design tech conference that invited notorious alt-right firebrand Steve Bannon to be its keynote speaker. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal: Directors quit, new sack effort started
28/08/2018

And those legal costs just aren't going away. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.And those legal costs just aren't going away. Two directors of ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd have resigned as their attempt to stave off a five-figure legal costs bill for the company proved unsuccessful. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed
17/08/2018

But just for a month - and what a month September will be for its directors. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.But just for a month - and what a month September will be for its directors. The directors of the company at the heart of the ZX Spectrum reboot scandal have been ordered to pay yet more legal costs as they keep trying to kick their financial woes into the long grass. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator
09/08/2018

Uncomfortable to hold, crap buttons – oh dear. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Uncomfortable to hold, crap buttons – oh dear. The ZX Spectrum Vega+ is running open-source Spectrum emulator software FUSE, The Register has confirmed while carrying out a hands-on review of the handheld console. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball
06/08/2018

Sinclair branding removed by IP owner as Sir C fails to step in. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Sinclair branding removed by IP owner as Sir C fails to step in. Sir Clive Sinclair's company has accused flailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd of trading while insolvent. Meanwhile, the firm has delivered some consoles – and been stripped of the brand rights to its flagship product. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Vega+ to be stripped of Sinclair and ZX Spectrum brands
01/08/2018

A retro games console crowdfunding campaign is to lose the right to feature the brands of the original computers it is based on. By Leo Kelion of the BBC.A retro games console crowdfunding campaign is to lose the right to feature the brands of the original computers it is based on. Rights-owner Sky told the BBC there had been repeated missed deadlines. It is pulling use of the "ZX Spectrum" and "Sinclair" trademarks as a result. The decision was taken in May. By Leo Kelion of the BBC.

Backers have finally started to receive the beleaguered ZX Spectrum Vega Plus
31/07/2018

But early impressions aren't great. Some backers are finally starting to receive their consoles - although early impressions are less than positive. By Matt Wales of Eurogamer

ZX Spectrum reboot firm boss delays director vote date again
04/07/2018

Vega+ scandal lingers as desperate board delays crunch-time vote again. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Vega+ scandal lingers as desperate board delays crunch-time vote again. The ZX Spectrum reboot scandal will drag on for at least another month as Retro Computers Ltd’s embattled directors have again delayed a showdown that could lead to their dismissal. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm kicks crisis meeting into long grass
19/06/2018

2-week delay on vote to dismiss current directors. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.2-week delay on vote to dismiss current directors. A key shareholders' meeting has been adjourned, prolonging the Retro Computers Ltd ZX Spectrum Vega+ saga for another fortnight. On Monday the company's four shareholders met to debate a motion brought by two of their number, Paul Andrews and Chris Smith, over whether to dismiss the company's current board of directors. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?
15/06/2018

Crowdfunder asks to be reimbursed on behalf of backers. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Crowdfunder asks to be reimbursed on behalf of backers. Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has revealed to The Register that it has set its lawyers on flailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Indiegogo’s Vega+ Campaign Stole Nearly $700,000 — And They’re Probably Getting Away With It
14/06/2018

The 2-year Vega+ saga is only getting worse — with little sign of a resolution. By Xavier Miller of Digital Music News.The 2-year Vega+ saga is only getting worse — with little sign of a resolution. After being more than patient with Retro Computer Studios, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has hired a debt collector to deal with the company. RCL failed to meet the conditions of Indiegogo’s final ultimatum. By Xavier Miller of Digital Music News.

Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by
06/06/2018

Says Retro Computers Limited debt collection is still happening – but where's the money gone? By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Says Retro Computers Limited debt collection is still happening – but where's the money gone? This time the deadline was imposed by Indiegogo, which told RCL to deliver a production-ready Vega+ console to its US HQ by yesterday. The crowdfunding website handed RCL that deadline at the start of June. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Vega+: Indiegogo calls game over on Sinclair console
06/06/2018

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo has called time on a high-profile British project to create a retro handheld console. By Leo Kelion of the BBC.Crowdfunding site Indiegogo has called time on a high-profile British project to create a retro handheld console. The US firm has told backers of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ that it is appointing a debt collection agency to recoup funds from the London-based company behind the campaign. It said Retro Computers Ltd (RCL) had failed to meet the conditions it had set to be given more time. By Leo Kelion of the BBC.

ZX Vega+ console faces Indiegogo's debt collectors
01/06/2018

Indiegogo has said that it is willing to extend the deadline it gave to a project attempting to make a handheld version of a classic British computer. By Leo Kelion of the BBC.Indiegogo has said that it is willing to extend the deadline it gave to a project attempting to make a handheld version of a classic British computer. But the crowdfunding site says that the team behind the ZX Spectrum Vega+ has yet to meet its conditions. By Leo Kelion of the BBC.

'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers
23/05/2018

Will legendary Brit inventor step in to save the day? By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Will legendary Brit inventor step in to save the day? Customers of Retro Computers ltd, the ZX Spectrum themed reboot firm, have now set up a website asking Sir Clive Sinclair to intervene in the non-delivery debacle. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console
18/05/2018

Indiegogo debt collector deadline looms ever closer... By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Indiegogo debt collector deadline looms ever closer... Flailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has, once again, failed to meet yet another promised delivery deadline. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle
04/05/2018

Tug of war over corporate tentacle pulls '80s entrepreneur into fray. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Tug of war over corporate tentacle pulls '80s entrepreneur into fray. A fresh war of words has erupted over at ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd – this time over the corporate involvement of legendary British inventor Sir Clive Sinclair himself. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum reboot firm's shareholders demand current directors go
27/04/2018

Boardroom coup at where's-my-console biz Retro Computers Ltd. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Boardroom coup at where's-my-console biz Retro Computers Ltd. A majority of shareholders in ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd – including Sir Clive Sinclair's corporate presence – are calling a shareholders' meeting to replace its current directors. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Ex-ZX Spectrum reboot man threatens sueball over unpaid invoices
23/03/2018

Meanwhile, the company accounts are overdue. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Meanwhile, the company accounts are overdue. Yet more financial claims are piling up against failing ZX Spectrum Vega Plus firm Retro Computers Ltd, with the company's former web fixer threatening to sue over allegedly unpaid invoices. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Your manhood is safe, judge tells ZX Spectrum reboot boss
12/03/2018

Ailing firm's appeal against court verdict binned. In court filings where Levy tried to excuse himself for not attending the original county court hearing in Luton – he had quoted a pseudonymous Twitter account, claiming the operator of it had threatened to have his "cock chopped off". By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector
07/02/2018

Retro Computers Ltd, the infamous ZX Spectrum Vega Plus firm, has been given until May by crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to deliver its years-late product or expect a visit from a “third party collections agency”. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs
13/12/2017

Retro Computers Ltd director hits back: So? We binned him. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Retro Computers Ltd director hits back: So? We binned him. Lee Fogarty, who until recently was a contractor for RCL and organised the company’s webhosting, appears to have parted ways with the firm and now seems determined to cast doubt on whether RCL’s Vega+ handheld console will ever be delivered. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers
10/11/2017

Where's the money coming from to fund these sueballs, angry folk ask watchdog. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Where's the money coming from to fund these sueballs, angry folk ask watchdog. Disgruntled customers of ZX Spectrum Vega+ firm Retro Computers Ltd have complained to the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA), alleging ringfenced company funds are being diverted into its legal battles. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

We'll deliver 'in a few weeks' says troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm
10/08/2017

New deadline for retro kit. Troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has promised to deliver its Vega+ product in “a few weeks”. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles
26/06/2017

So, about that '1,000 games bundled with Vega+' boast, Retro Computers... By Gareth Corfield of The Register.So, about that '1,000 games bundled with Vega+' boast, Retro Computers... The owners of the rights to about 200 games to be bundled with the ZX Spectrum Vega+ is withdrawing permission for them to be included with the consoles unless its maker pays royalties for games on a previous device, The Register has learned. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum reboot firm gets £52k court costs order quashed
23/06/2017

Up and down goes the Retro Computers Ltd litigation yoyo. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Up and down goes the Retro Computers Ltd litigation yoyo. The £52,000 costs order granted against troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has been set aside by the Senior Courts Costs Office, a branch of the High Court, as the wrangle between RCL and two former directors rumbles on. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Months late, unaudited: ZX Spectrum reboot firm files accounts
15/06/2017

Which bit is the half-million pounds of other people's money? By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Which bit is the half-million pounds of other people's money? ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has filed unaudited accounts at Companies House – and they offer few clues as to where the £513,000 of crowdfunded cash for its Vega+ product has gone. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Costs v sales agent? Not just yet, judge tells Retro Computers Ltd
24/05/2017

ZX Spectrum-themed game console firm didn't quite win court order, either. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.ZX Spectrum-themed game console firm didn't quite win court order, either. ZX Spectrum Vega firm Retro Computers Ltd has had its attempt to force former sales agent Nick Cooper to hand over extra information in the ongoing court battle between the two postponed today by the London County Court. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum reboot firm slapped with £52k court costs repayment order
18/05/2017

'We had no option' claims former director. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.'We had no option' claims former director. Troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has been ordered to repay two of its shareholders’ £52,000 legal fees by the end of this month. RCL itself, its chairman David Levy, managing director Suzanne Martin and fellow director Janko Mrsic-Flogel must pay Andrews and Smith – £52,520.12 by 30 May. Levy, Martin and Mrsic-Flogel are jointly liable for the debt. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Former RCL director: It was me who cancelled their domain names
03/05/2017

Sued sales agent then admits he bought and redirected them. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Sued sales agent then admits he bought and redirected them. Former London biz Retro Computers Ltd’s sales agent Nick Cooper has admitted he is the man who bought two of the company’s domain names and pointed them at sites critical of the company. He is currently being sued by it over an unrelated matter. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Forgetful ZX Spectrum reboot firm loses control of its web domains
02/05/2017

Security breach? Really? ZX Spectrum reboot company Retro Computers Ltd appears to have lost control of two of its web domain names over the weekend. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.Security breach? Really? ZX Spectrum reboot company Retro Computers Ltd appears to have lost control of two of its web domain names over the weekend – and is now complaining about a “security breach” after some cheeky person bought them and pointed them at sites criticising RCL. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up
25/04/2017

The Vega+ has failed to appear, despite repeated promises from RCL over the last year, and game authors who contributed to the original Vega have yet to be paid. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.The Vega+ has failed to appear, despite repeated promises from RCL over the last year, and game authors who contributed to the original Vega have yet to be paid. The company’s accounts are overdue at Companies House and it is facing questions about money it pledged to Great Ormond Street Hospital that has not been paid. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Game authors demand missing ZX Spectrum reboot royalties
19/04/2017

No cash, slow answers, firm still blames man who quit a year ago. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.No cash, slow answers, firm still blames man who quit a year ago. Suppliers of Retro Computers Ltd are calling for the company to pay the royalties they claim it owes for bundling their games with its ZX Spectrum Vega console. Half a dozen rights-holders, from individuals to companies, have told The Register that RCL has failed to come up with royalties due on their games it has used. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum reboot project's Great Ormond Street charity cash questions
13/04/2017

£20,000 donation received, but sales suggest more due. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.£20,000 donation received, but sales suggest more due. Tens of thousands of pounds destined for Great Ormond Street Hospital from ZX Spectrum Vega firm Retro Computers Limited appears not to have been paid. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

ZX Spectrum Vega Plus backers complain of months-long refund delays
29/03/2017

But mouthpiece then denies he's a spokesman. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.But mouthpiece then denies he's a spokesman. Backers of the troubled ZX Spectrum Vega+ handheld gaming console have told The Register of long delays and seemingly ignored messages when requesting refunds from the company behind the project, Retro Computers Ltd. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?
16/03/2017

£500,000 pledged by thousands on Indiegogo, yet still no product. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.£500,000 pledged by thousands on Indiegogo, yet still no product. Troubled Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ firm Retro Computer Limited has missed multiple product delivery dates amid lawsuits and very public infighting. By Gareth Corfield of The Register.

Sinclair ZX Vega+ funding campaign halted by Indiegogo
09/03/2017

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo intervened to stop a handheld retro computer console campaign from acquiring further funding, the BBC has learned. By Leo Kelion of the BBC.Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo intervened to stop a handheld retro computer console campaign from acquiring further funding, the BBC has learned. The project's organisers had asked the BBC not to reveal the development. By Leo Kelion of the BBC.

Will the ZX Spectrum Vega Plus Ever Materialise?
08/03/2017

Retro Computers has had problem after problem, including legal disputes, withdrawn games, repeatedly missed ship dates and a whole lot of angry backers. By Holly Brockwell of Gizmodo.Retro Computers has had problem after problem, including legal disputes, withdrawn games, repeatedly missed ship dates and a whole lot of angry backers. This has not been helped by their apparently automated Twitter and Facebook accounts continuing to pump out saccharine nostalgia, met with incredulous responses from frustrated customers wanting to know where their money and their console is. By Holly Brockwell of Gizmodo.

Handheld ZX Spectrum 'pain in buttons'
23/12/2016

The makers of a handheld ZX Spectrum console which has the support of Sir Clive Sinclair have blamed issues with the device's buttons for its delayed launch.The makers of a handheld ZX Spectrum console which has the support of Sir Clive Sinclair have blamed issues with the device's buttons for its delayed launch. Retro Gaming Computers Limited has told the BBC the first batch will now ship in February 2017.

ZX Spectrum Vega+ production is delayed but RCL 'hopes' for pre-Christmas rollout
28/11/2016

Vega MD answers backers burning questions. What about customer money? 'It’s safe. It was ringfenced from the beginning and anything you hear otherwise is completely untrue'. By Chris Merriman of The Inquirer.

ZX Spectrum Vega+ defies naysayers with confirmed launch date
27/09/2016

Game over for the haters. Retro Computers has confirmed that the much anticipated ZX Spectrum Vega+ handheld console will arrive on 24 October 2016. The Retro Computers team is able to give out an almighty 'told you so' as its handheld launches in just three weeks' time. By Chris Merriman of The Inquirer.

Specwars: Accusations fly as the world of retro ZX Spectrum gaming gets ugly
10/08/2016

The best industrial espionage novel you'll read today. Former directors from Retro Computers Ltd distance themselves from [the] company they founded. By Chris Merriman of The Inquirer.

Retro computer project directors row
09/08/2016

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. By Rhiannon Williams of the BBC.

Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Videos

Confirmation of the shilling that went on from certain individuals during this absolute scandal. What a disgrace!
(03/04/2019)

Well it seems justice has prevailed for once and no surprises there to be honest what a ridiculous bit of behaviour !
(15/03/2019)

Indiegogo Campaign

"Our Indiegogo campaign is to raise funds to manufacture the first 2,500 or more units of the Vega+ in the UK, and to prepare us for the second production run."

— RCL (15/02/2016)

Vega+ Status

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  • Prototypes made: ~100-200