When one giant free-to-play game publisher falls in love with another giant free-to-play game publisher, sometimes the two hook up and make an even bigger free-to-play game publisher. Earlier this week, word came in that the US-based Aeria Games and Japan’s Gamepot will be merging to make a new global company and game platform.
Aeria Games and Entertainment, based in California, is the publisher behind many PC and mobile free-to-play games including the recently-released Pirate Maidens card game. Gamepot has likewise published a number of free-to-play games, including the adorable robot-building sim Oddbot Workshop. The merged companies will operate under a US-based holding company. Aeria Games’ CEO Lan Hoang and Gamepot chairman Hiroki Totoki will act as co-CEOs, and Aeria Games’ shareholders will own majority stake in the holding company.
Oddbot Workshop, one of Gamepot’s cuter mobile games.
‘This strategic partnership further helps to cement our position as a truly global multi-platform publisher and developer,’ Hoang stated. ‘We are adding significant mobile games and development resources while expanding our core PC publishing business and increasing international reach and resources to acquire and publish Triple-A titles. The combination strengthens every facet of our business – strong financials, global reach, a large and dedicated community of mid- to hard-core players, and a shared technology and distribution platform.’
‘Gamepot will add development expertise for client-based games, such as the successful Wizardry and Paperman franchises, and its large mobile development teams in Japan and Korea to Aeria Games’ global platform,’ added Totoki. ‘We have already started collaborating on co-development projects, leveraging our mobile resources, to bring high-quality games to the international markets.’
Though Aeria and Gamepot will coordinate their efforts to publish and license new IP, the companies will retain their own brands. Currently, Gamepot and Aeria Games has over 600 employees around the world, and at this time, it looks like they’re all going to stay on board.