Catalis acquires Curve Digital, creates UK games powerhouse

Thursday 7th January 2016 LONDON, UK: 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.

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. London-based, it has just completed its most successful year to date. Curve 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.”

Stuart Dinsey, a major investor in Curve Digital at its formation, will be Chairman of the Curve Digital Entertainment group. ‘This is so exciting for all of us. We’re targeting business development across both Curve and Kuju.”

The Catalis Group also includes Testronic Laboratories, the leading QA, compliance and localization service provider.

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About Curve Digital
Curve Digital is a fast growing independent video games publisher on PC and console format. Working with high profile developers such as Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone), Dan Marshall (The Swindle) and Olli Harjola (The Swapper), Curve helps individuals and small teams bring their games to a larger audience. Curve actively publishes on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Wii U and 3DS.

About The Catalis Group
Since 2007, Kuju Entertainment has been part of the Catalis Group. Headed up by CEO Dominic Wheatley, the main objective of the Catalis Group is to deliver quality services to the media and high-tech industries. Catalis offers both testing and development services, and operates through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Testronic Labs and Kuju Entertainment from locations throughout the UK, Europe and the USA with over 700 staff.  

About Kuju Entertainment
For over 16 years Kuju Entertainment has been one of the world’s leading independent video games developers. The company works across all major platforms and a wide variety of genres. Kuju Entertainment has built a solid reputation as a work-for-hire developer, whilst also creating its own IP. Kuju encompasses two studios – Headstrong Games and Zoe Mode – which each boast some of the best, most experienced and innovative individuals in the industry.

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