Focus Entertainment acquires BlackMill Games, creator of the WWI game series

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Part of the deal is his company WW1 Game Series B.V., named after BlackMill’s flagship first-person shooter series. Founder and creative director Jos Hoebe will continue to head the studio and own his 33.33% stake in the remainder of the company. From now on, the 15-man mighty team will be known only as BlackMill Games.

Focus Entertainment adds another studio to its growing group with the acquisition of BlackMill Games, known for first-person shooters in the WW1 game series. The Netherlands-based studio previously sold a majority stake in the business to Dutch developer M2H Games. Focus now has a stake in it, making BlackMill his sixth studio purchase since June 2020.

Highlights

  • “The studio has already shown strong DNA and identity, and has proven to be expert on delivering immersive, authentic, and realistic multiplayer FPS experiences with its WW1 Game Series – one of the references of First World War shooters,” continued Nobileau. “We’re looking forward to working with Jos and his team, and to continue delivering new unique experiences.”

  • The WW1 game series began with Verdun in 2015 and was followed by Tannenberg in 2017, with the two games selling over one million units together. The latest entry, Isonzo, released today on consoles and PC.

Over the past two years, Focus Entertainment has partnered with Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13, Warhammer shooter developer Streum On Studio, retro publisher and developer Dotemu, Shady Part of Me creator Douze Dixièmes, and Metal Slug Tactics developer acquired Leiker Studio. The publisher said earlier this year he discussed his M&A strategy with GamesIndustry.biz and is “looking to build a coalition of studios.”

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