Warner Bros. Buys Majority Stake in Batman Video Game Company

Warner Bros has acquired a majority stake in Rocksteady Entertainment, the company that produced the Batman: Arkham Asylum video game.

Here is the press release:

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group Acquires Majority Stake in Rocksteady Studios

February 23, 2010

Bros. Home Entertainment Group announced today the acquisition of a
majority stake in Rocksteady Studios, a privately held developer of
interactive entertainment targeted at teens and adults, continuing
Warner Bros.’ pattern as one of the industry’s fastest growing games

"Rocksteady demonstrated its professionalism and extraordinary development abilities with Batman: Arkham Asylum,"
said Kevin Tsujihara, president, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.
"This arrangement is a great strategic fit and we are very pleased to
solidify our relationship with this talented development team."

Founded in 2004 in London, England, Rocksteady specializes in developing action-adventure video games, including Batman: Arkham Asylum,
one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2009. The title has
enjoyed robust sales, shipping over three million units worldwide, and
has garnered numerous industry awards.

"We are proud to strengthen our association with WBIE, a world
class publisher that we have enjoyed working with since we began
developing Batman: Arkham Asylum," said Jamie Walker, studio
director, Rocksteady Studios. Sefton Hill, games director, added, "The
Rocksteady team is very much looking forward to creating more great
games based on widely recognized Warner Bros. brands like Batman."

Warner Bros. continues to grow its games business through key
acquisitions, building internal development capabilities, leveraging
its global video distribution infrastructure, and focusing on
developing major games franchises such as Batman, Mortal Kombat, The Lord of the Rings and LEGO.

"With the successful release of Batman: Arkham Asylum, a
franchise that is a key focus for Warner Bros., Rocksteady has proven
that they have the expertise to create hit games with mass appeal,"
said Martin Tremblay, president, Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment. "We are currently working with Rocksteady on the sequel
to Batman: Arkham Asylum and look forward to bringing the continuation of the franchise to fans worldwide."

"We are delighted to be deepening our relationship with
London-based Rocksteady Studios, one of the UK’s most respected games
developers and 2009 recipient of the VGA’s coveted ‘studio of the year’
award," said Josh Berger, president and managing director, Warner Bros.
UK. "Rocksteady clearly has the talent, expertise and technology to
make great games and we are fortunate to continue working closely with
them as we further expand our games portfolio."

In 2007, Warner Bros. acquired TT Games, developer of the hit LEGO-based game franchises, including LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Indiana Jones and LEGO Batman, which have wide appeal with players of all ages. In early 2009, Warner Bros. acquired Snowblind Studios to develop its The Lord of the Rings
games franchise, with the first title expected to be released in 2011.
Most recently, Warner Bros. purchased the primary assets of Midway
Games. Midway published the Mortal Kombat franchise, which has sold
over 26 million units worldwide, and owned a robust IP catalog and
broadly applicable game engine technology. As part of the transaction,
Warner Bros. acquired two talented development studios to focus on the Mortal Kombat franchise as well as other key properties.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) brings together Warner Bros.
Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive
entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order
to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An
industry leader since its inception, WBHEG oversees the global
distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc and DVD)
and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and
video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and
is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video
game titles worldwide. WBHEG distributes its product through third
party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers
through WBShop.com.

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home
Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer,
licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive
space across all current and future platforms, including console,
handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game

About Rocksteady Studios Ltd
Rocksteady Studios is
a multi-award winning videogame developer based in London, England.
Located in a spacious, purpose built converted factory, with full
motion capture and audio studio capabilities, we are an energetic
company formed by a core team of senior industry professionals. This
gives us an ideal balance of drive, talent, proven methods, experience
and cutting edge technology to make AAA games. Now employing 70 people,
Rocksteady’s mission is to be a highly professional, efficient company
whose purpose is to make great games, and have happy and healthy team
members. This philosophy is the heart and soul of our company.
Rocksteady recently received the coveted ‘studio of the year’ award at
the 2009 VGA awards.

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Posted originally: 2010-02-23 14:45:30

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