“More to follow” promises Catalis CEO Dominic Wheatley, as Brighton-based developer agrees a cash and shares deal to become part of the Curve Digital family

Award-winning Brighton-based developer Runner Duck has today agreed a deal which will see it acquired by Catalis, and form part of the group which already comprises Curve Digital, Testronic and Kuju .

The agreement marks the start of an ambitious acquisitions strategy which will see Catalis restate its pledge to become one of the UK’s most significant gaming companies.

It also cements the relationship between Curve Digital and Runner Duck, which began with the development of the smash hit Bomber Crew – and will allow the studio to grow as it commences production on two new Crew games, due to be published by Curve from 2020.

“Given the relationship between the two companies and the success we’ve both enjoyed, this agreement feels like the natural next step,” says Jon Wingrove, co-founder, Runner Duck. “There was a natural fit from the moment we first met the Curve gang, and so we’re delighted to be able to ink an agreement which gives us the support and resources to continue the Crew franchise.”

“We’ve huge plans for what we do next,” adds Dave Miller, co-founder, Runner Duck, “and joining Catalis offers us the means to accelerate plans for our next games. Bomber Crew has been such an incredible success – we can’t wait to unveil what’s coming next.”

“Bomber Crew was our first fully-funded game as ‘New Curve’ so it makes sense that Runner Duck is our first acquisition,” says Dominic Wheatley, CEO, Catalis. “The Runner Duck team are such a joy to work with, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with them to create the next in the Crew series. But this is just the start of what we want to do as a group – there’s so much more to follow. Over the coming year, we’ll be seeking more acquisition targets as we continue to build Catalis in to one of the UK’s most significant gaming companies. Whilst we’ve been working hard behind the scenes on additional potential partners, studios who want to be a part of this incredibly exciting time should absolutely get in touch.”

Specific details on the deal are not being made public at this time. 

Runner Duck and Curve Digital will reveal more about the next entries into the Crew series over the coming months.


 Andrew Lawton appointed to the Board of the games and services group as Corporate Finance and Strategy Director 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Andrew Lawton has been appointed to the Board of the Catalis Group as Corporate Finance and Strategy Director.

A true games industry veteran, Lawton spent 19 years at Sony PlayStation Europe (SCEE), latterly as Chief Financial Officer and more recently served as Group Finance Director at AIM-listed Keywords Studios.

He will work alongside Dominic Wheatley, CEO of the Catalis Group, which comprises the award-winning publisher Curve Digital, international QA & localisation specialist Testronic and long-standing games development studio Kuju. 

“We’re delighted to welcome Andrew to the Catalis Board.” said Wheatley. “Given his experience at both Sony PlayStation Europe and Keywords Studios, he is uniquely placed to understand both sides of our business, and he joins us at an exciting time of growth for the whole group.”

“I am impressed by the Catalis Group’s position, strategy and its journey so far,” said Lawton. “The Group has carved a strong position for itself in the games industry.  I am excited by the company’s ambition and look forward to playing a part in its future growth story.”

Lawton joins the Catalis Group on August 20th.


Notes to editors

Headed up by games industry veteran Dominic Wheatley, the Catalis Group delivers quality services to the media and high-tech industries. Catalis offers testing, games publishing and development services, and operates through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Testronic, Curve Digital and Kuju from locations throughout the UK, Europe, South East Asia and the USA, with over 700 staff. 


Lisa Carter

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