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Frontier Acquires Complex Games

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Publisher and Game Developer brand Frontier has officially acquired Canadian studio Complex Games, the developer behind Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters, for an upfront cash consideration of £8.3 million, with a potential additional £3.3 million based on company targets.

Frontier stated that they will “continue to explore opportunities to grow Frontier’s resources.”

“When we launched our third-party publishing strategy in 2019 we were excited by the potential to align our Frontier Foundry development partners more formally with Frontier through acquisition,” Frontier Developments CEO Jonny Watts said.

“Our experience with Complex Games on Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters has been terrific, and I am delighted to welcome Noah [Decter-Jackson, CEO] and the team to Frontier, with a view to growing and evolving our development team in Manitoba, Canada.”

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Ubisoft’s Hungry Shark Reaches 1 Billion Downloads

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Ubisoft is celebrating the long-standing success of it’s most downloaded mobile series ‘Hungry Shark’, which initially launched back in 2010 and has since surpassed over 1 billion downloads, an impressive feat.

Ubisoft has confirmed, via a release, that the Hungry Shark franchise has hit one billion downloads globally across mobile platforms, making it Ubisoft’s most-downloaded mobile franchise.

“We’re really proud to reach this incredible milestone and I’d like to thank the teams involved for their hard work as we look ahead to some exciting announcements in early 2023 on the future direction of the studio and to share more on Hungry Shark brand” Ian Harper, Managing Director of Ubisoft Future Games of London said in an official press release.

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Netflix Acquires Spry Fox

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Netflix has officially added it’s 6th game studio to their company, Cozy Grove and Alphabear developer Spry Fox marking it’s fourth acquisition since September 2021, according to an official announcement.

The Seattle based indie game devs also commented on the acquisition, with vice president of game studios Amir Rahimi stating that Spry Fox will “help accelerate our creative development in another beloved genre and add to the growing variety of Netflix’s games catalog that will have something for everyone”, via their official website.

Spry Fox CEO David Edery posted on his blog stating that the studio will retain its focus on ‘cozy games’, with the team already working on Cozy Grove 2 and a “larger, non-violent MMO” that has yet to be announced.

Edery added that there will be “no change in our current development efforts” and assured that all previous games will remain downloadable on their current platforms. He also elaborated on how Spry Fox will benefit from Netflix’s ownership.

“We can continue making the games that we were already making and wanted to make, but with more support and resources to make those games better and bring them to more people around the world,” he wrote.

“We can stop stressing about how our games generate profit on our games and instead focus exclusively on making them as enjoyable and fulfilling to our players as possible. We can collaborate with other creative people within Netflix to hopefully get better at what we do and how we do it.”

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NetEase Introduces New Studio GPTRACK50

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NetEase Games has officially launched a brand new studio, called GPTRACK50, that will focus on creating and distributing new Japanese gaming entertainment worldwide and will be led by games industry veteran Hiroyuki Kobayashi.

Kobayashi officially joined NetEase back in August of this year.

“With the support and respect from NetEase in understanding me and my team’s development achievements and values, I will build a stronger team with the goal of creating more original quality contents that will satisfy users around the world,” he said.

 

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