(Krome Studios press release)
Brisbane, Australia - November 3, 2006 - Krome Studios, the largest videogame company in Australia and leading worldwide independent game studio, announced today that it has acquired Melbourne House, the former Atari development studio based in Melbourne, Australia. The addition of Melbourne House bolsters Krome Studios? size to almost 300 in-house making it truly one of the largest and most proven independent studios worldwide.
With the Melbourne House acquisition, Krome Studios inherits highly skilled and seasoned programmers, engineers, artists and production personnel which will help work on Krome's upcoming games and further enhance the studios? tools pipeline. The Melbourne studio will now be known as Krome Studios Melbourne and will act as an extension to the headquarters in Brisbane. This acquisition, along with Krome Studios Adelaide, which was formed and announced earlier this year, and a network of extensive outsourcing partners throughout Asia Pacific and Europe solidifies Krome as a leading global independent studio.
?It's an amazing time for us right now and we couldn?t be happier to welcome this new team to the Krome family,? said Robert Walsh, CEO and Co-founder of Krome Studios.
?Acquiring the Melbourne House studio will allow us to continue to expand our company with additional seasoned talent, many who we also are great friends with, to help further grow our business and position ourselves as a leading developer working on both current and next generation titles.?
Krome Studios recently finished development on The Legend of Spyro?: A New Beginning for Sierra Entertainment, and continues the development on the upcoming Hellboy (*working title) for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. which is scheduled for release in 2007. The studio is also working on several unannounced current and next generation games and focusing on extending their catalog of original IPs.
For more information on Krome Studios, please visit www.kromestudios.com.
About Krome Studios
Krome Studios is one of the leading independent developers in the world and the largest game development studio in Australia with more than 280 employees. Founded in 1999, the studio is best known for developing the TY the Tasmanian Tiger? series, which has sold two million units worldwide and is the best-selling Australian game of all time. Krome Studios has shipped more than a dozen titles, including the TY the Tasmanian Tiger? series, The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, King Arthur, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius?: Jet Fusion, Sunny Garcia Surfing?, Extremely Goofy Skateboarding, Barbie? Beach Vacation? and Championship Surfer? to name a few. The official homepage of Krome Studios is www.kromestudios.com.
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(Infogrames press release)
Lyon, France, November 3, 2006 - In line with Infogrames? corporate strategy announced in early 2006, designed to streamline operations at its internal development studios and get the most out of its franchises, the company announced today that it has sold Atari Melbourne House Pty Limited (Australia) to Krome Studios Pty Limited.
?The sale of our Melbourne House studio is consistent with the strategy implemented by the Group, which consists of prioritizing the outsourcing of development to external teams around the world, while focusing on the creation and production sides of the business,? explained Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruno Bonnell.
Under the terms of the sale agreement, the Atari game ?Test Drive Unlimited? for Playstation 2 and PSP currently being developed by Melbourne House will be completed by the studio jointly with Eden Games.
The parties have not disclosed the financial terms of the agreement.