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Acquisition of Curve Digital by The Catalis Group

Company Description:An independent video games publisher
Instructed by: Catalis SE
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Catalis acquires Curve Digital, creating a UK games powerhouse

The Catalis Group, backed by Private Equity and the parent company of Kuju Entertainment and Testronic, has acquired leading independent games publisher and developer Curve Digital. WK Corporate Finance completed financial due diligence on behalf of Catalis SE.

The agreement sees the creation of a new group – Curve Digital Entertainment – within Catalis, comprising:-

Curve Digital Publishing, the fast growing independent publisher on PC and console formats. It has published acclaimed titles such as The Swindle, Pumped BMX+ and the Instant Indie compilations – and has a number of key titles lined up for release in 2016, including Cosmochoria, Action Henk and Hue.

Kuju Entertainment, one of the UK’s leading ‘work for hire’ development companies, which encompasses the Zoe Mode and Headstrong Games studios. Kuju is working on titles for Ubisoft, Activision, Nintendo and other major publishers. Kuju also creates its own IP, whilst the Kuju Start-Ups division provides investment and support for the indie games sector.

This new UK games powerhouse is headed up by Catalis CEO Dominic Wheatley, who co-founded the famous ‘Britsoft’ publisher Eidos Interactive, which created the Tomb Raider franchise.

“Our acquisition of Curve Digital and merging them with Kuju means we have created the potential for a major new British games publisher, the first of its kind for many years.” said Wheatley. “It’s also good news for the UK indie games community to have a professional publishing partner who can take their titles to the international market.”

Jason Perkins, Managing Director at Curve Digital, added: “Curve’s unique publishing model and expertise within the indie space has enabled us to grow steadily year on year, but this move will enable us to accelerate our expansion.”

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