PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory news:
FOCUS INTERACTIVE WELCOME (FR0012419307 – ALFOC) today announces the acquisition of video game developer Leikir Studio. Based in Paris and made up of around twenty passionate designers, Leikir Studio thus becomes the 5and development studio to integrate with Focus. The Group is also being strengthened by the recruitment of four new talents who will come to occupy strategic positions.
Acquisition of Leikir Studio
With the acquisition of Leikir Studio, Focus has several new production lines with different artistic directions – stylized 3D, pixel-art and 2D. After having developed several PC and console titles acclaimed by the press and gamers, LEIKIR STUDIO currently working on the game Metal Slug Tactics. Due for a 2022 release, the game is a very promising and anticipated title, based on the Japanese publisher’s legendary license. SNK. As a partner of Leikir Studio and subsidiary of Focus Group, Dotemu will be responsible for publishing the game. In addition to its ability to produce quality titles with unique gameplay, Leikir Studio also has significant technical know-how, which its founding president Aurelien Loos sought to nurture from the start.
“We are happy to join the Focus Group as it is an important step for the growth of our studio. This acquisition validates our multi-production strategy and will allow us to reach new qualitative and creative heights. This is great recognition for the work accomplished by our teams over the past several years.” declares Aurélien Loos, President and founder of Leikir Studio.
“After Deck13, StreumOn, Dotemu and Douze-Dixièmes, it is with great pleasure that we welcome a fifth studio to the Focus Group.“, says Christophe Nobileau, President of Focus Home Interactive. “We are constantly looking for new talents capable of growing and supporting the ambitions of our Group, and Leikir Studio, managed by Aurélien Loos, is an acquisition of choice to achieve this objective..”
Strengthening the Group’s teams and know-how
Aurelien Loos also becomes senior consultant to the Comex on the creative and organizational aspects of internal productions. In addition, Focus is pleased to announce the arrival of four new talents who will help the Group accelerate its growth:
- Cyril Laborrie like Technical director, after more than 25 years of experience in the video game industry in France, North America and Asia. He will bring his expertise in the development of multi-platform games, as well as in R&D acquired from major players such as Virtuos, gumi Inc., etc.
- Julien Ramet like Business Development Director, bringing his commercial, marketing and market knowledge acquired over the years from publishers such as Bandai Namco, Ubisoft and Wargaming.
- Geoffrey Starkloff like Director of Management Control. He will bring his financial expertise acquired at General Electric, as well as his experience acquired at PwC, on performance and transformation aspects.
- Stephane Kaufmann like Data managerbringing his experience in User Research, Analytics and his knowledge of live titles after several years at Ubisoft.
About Focus Home Interactive
FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE is one of the leading publishers and developers of video games in Europe. Its vocation is to support the largest international studios in the development, production monitoring, marketing, marketing and financing of their projects. As a publisher of strong brands such as The Surge, Vampyr and A Plague Tale: Innocence, the Group achieved sales of €171 million in 2020/21, up 20% compared to the previous comparable period. FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE achieves 95% of its sales internationally. For more information visit www.focus-entmt.com
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About Leikir Studio
Leikir Studio is a PC/console game studio based in Ivry sur Seine, France. Specialized in system games, we are committed to carrying out projects that we are passionate about. We are the creators of the ruthless Isbarah, the ruthless Wondershot, the robotic I AM LEGION and the evil Rogue Lords. Today, we put all our energy and talent on Metal Slug Tactics to honor the hours of joy spent on this legendary license.