Media company's strategic investment in online games specialist announced today
17 December 2012 - Planegg, Germany/...?Koch Media, an international producer and distributor of digital entertainment products, in conjunction with the publishing label Deep Silver is - in the interests of increasing capital - acquiring a significant minority stake in Infernum Productions AG, the online games developer and publisher from Berlin.
Founded in 2011, Infernum Productions AG develops and markets free online games ("free-to-play") in Europe and North America. With the first release "Brick-Force" and more than 1.5 million players to date, Infernum has already successfully secured a market position. For Koch Media, the decision to invest strategically in the company constitutes an investment in the rapidly growing market of free-to-play games. Meanwhile, Infernum gains an experienced partner for international rollouts and distribution of future projects, for example the recently licensed triple-A MMO "Dragon's Prophet" and the in-house production "Project: Theralon". Both companies will profit from their complementary focuses in the games sector and harness synergies while continuing to operate independently.?
Andreas Weidenhaupt, CEO of Infernum, expresses his pleasure over the partnership: "We are very happy to have Koch Media at our side now, a partner who is both experienced and visionary, and who will open up brand new opportunities for us with its distribution know-how, its international positioning, and its powerful brands. This cooperation will enable us to take on an even more important role in our rapidly growing market."
Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media, agrees and further adds: "We see great opportunities for growth in the area of free-to-play online gaming. Infernum is in an excellent position, having high-quality products and one of the most experienced teams. Through our strategic investment, we want to support Infernum on the way to becoming a leading provider in the free-to-play market, and to participate in the enormous business potential."
Infernum Productions is an international publisher and developer of online games, based in Berlin. The company was founded in the summer of 2011 by former Frogster executives and focuses on high-quality free-to-play titles. Dragon’s Prophet is the second title licensed by the Berlin startup. The game now joins Infernum’s debut title, Brick-Force, which has already exceeded 1.5 million registered users. For further information please visit: www.infernum.com.
About Deep Silver / Koch Media
Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires.
Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including own brands like the critically acclaimed zombie action franchise Dead Island, action role-playing games from the Sacred world, successful adventures such as the Secret Files series and the role-playing realms of Risen. Deep Silver has announced upcoming highlights such as Sacred 3 and Dead Island Riptide. For more information please visit www.deepsilver.com
Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and films). The company's own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than 18 years of experience in the digital media distribution business, and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and software publishers: Capcom, Kaspersky Labs, Paradox Entertainment, Sega, Square Enix, Tecmo-Koei, THQ, and System 3 etc. in various European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the USA. www.kochmedia.com
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