Lyon, FRANCE – February 23rd 2021 - BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe (BNEE) today announced the acquisition of a minority stake in German development studio Limbic Entertainment effective 30 December 2020. This news follows the acquisition of Reflector Entertainment in September 2020.
BNEE has also appointed Aurore Briere to Deputy COO of BNEE starting 1 January 2021. In her new role she will manage all back office functions such as Finance, HR, Operations, IT and Legal, as well as focus on studio and business integration. Aurore will report directly to Arnaud Muller, COO of BNEE.
BNEE acquires a minority stake in Limbic Entertainment
In order to achieve one of its key priority of creating and owning more IPs, BNEE announces that it has acquired a minority stake in German developer Limbic Entertainment.
The studio, comprised of more than 80 employees, will put its expertise working on titles such as Tropico 6, Memories of Mars and the Heroes of Might & Magic brand, to develop two brand new franchises for BNEE.
"There was a natural fit from the moment we first met the BNEE team. This collaboration gives us the support, capabilities, and resources to continue to develop and grow our studio,” commented Stephan Winter, CEO of Limbic Entertainment GmbH, “We are excited for the next chapter of Limbic Entertainment and couldn’t be more thrilled to share the journey with BNEE as we work together on two fantastic new projects.”
“We are happy to announce our partnership and acquisition of a minority stake in Limbic Entertainment. The seasoned teams have shown their talents in the past on the various titles they have been working on, with Tropico 6 being their latest success. They will be working on two new franchises,” said Arnaud Muller, Chief Operating Officer, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe. “Limbic Entertainment fits perfectly within the strategy we set out for BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe a few years ago and allows us to keep growing the output of new IP from studios tied to BNEE.”
Limbic Entertainment is currently recruiting for these titles, for more information please visit www.limbic-entertainment.de/jobs
Aurore Briere appointed as new deputy COO
Aurore Briere started her career as an external auditor at KPMG France, and joined BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe in 2010 as the Corporate Accounting & Consolidation Manager. Her scope and responsibilities have been progressively broadened over the years and she was recently in charge of all financial control matters, as well as being CFO for BNEE since 2019.
“It’s been great to have been on this journey with BNEE for over 10 years, and to have seen the company grow and flourish”, said Aurore Briere. “With the trust from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. as well as Arnaud Muller, I believe we will make the next 10 years even more successful!”
“Aurore has been a key contributor to BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe success, participating in the growing of our own brands like Little Nightmares, or her contribution to the work on the acquisition of Reflector Entertainment, the first studio owned by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe, and the minority stake acquisition on Limbic Entertainment”, said Arnaud Muller “In her new role, she will continue to play an even greater role to help BNEE achieve its goals for the coming years, from the expansion the operations with the opening of BNEE new headquarters planned in 2021, to the continued growth our activities, brands and impact on players, as well.”
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About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe S.A.S.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe S.A.S. (BNEE) is a leading global publisher and developer of entertainment content for platforms including, but not limited to, all major video game consoles and PC.
BNEE is the western content hub of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.(BNEI), and is building its reputation with franchises such as LITTLE NIGHTMARES™, THE DARK PICTURES ANTHOLOGY, and the upcoming UNKNOWN 9™ Awakening - developed by the recently acquired Reflector Entertainment based in Montreal, QC.
BNEI, part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN™, TEKKEN™, SOULCALIBUR™, ACE COMBAT™ and DARK SOULS™.
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About Limbic Entertainment GMBH
Limbic Entertainment GmbH is one of Germany’s leading game developers. Founded in 2002 and with over 80 employees located close to Frankfurt, Limbic Entertainment has developed more than 60 titles, including major releases such as Might and Magic: Heroes VII, Memories of Mars and Tropico 6. Currently the team is working on a new, unannounced IP.
For more information, please visit: https://www.limbic-entertainment.de/
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