BASINGSTOKE, England (October 13th 2005) - KOCH Media confirms its status as a major European player in interactive software by acquiring SG Diffusion of Cedex France. An acquisition that enables KOCH to offer specialised European publishing and distribution across six European territories, a feat some UK top ten publishers are yet to achieve.
SG Diffusion since 2002 has represented numerous well known console and PC titles including the most recent Guild Wars from NC Soft, a number one best seller. An engineered success that SG Diffusion's President Christian Brecheteau and Managing Director Pierre Ortolan, are familiar with achieving. Having held several senior positions at SEGA, Codemasters, Virgin, Acclaim, and Interplay, Christian and Pierre are not new to this industry, with an enriched market understanding that spans over 30 years.
This signing perfectly compliments KOCH's interactive ambitions. By expanding into France, KOCH adds to their already existing local office locations within Germany, UK, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. An empowering development that overall strengthens KOCH Media's individual sales, marketing & distribution service across territories that cover up to 70% of total continental sales.
Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of KOCH Media comments "Our growth over the last four years in the interactive arena has been significant and the establishment of an experienced French office was of utmost strategic importance. More significantly, KOCH can now provide local expertise in the most powerful European territories, a skill that even some of the other top players are unable to offer"
Christian Brecheteau, CEO of the new French subsidiary, comments "Joining a European size group sharing the same objectives and values will open new development opportunities and will allow us to reinforce our position on the French speaking territories markets".
HEAD OF PR
+44 (0) 8700 276 530
ABOUT KOCH MEDIA:
KOCH Media, founded in 1994 develops, publishes and distributes a range of titles for home console gaming systems, and personal computers. With offices in UK, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, KOCH Media develops and publishes its own range of gaming, educational and lifestyle software under its publishing brands Deep Silver, Europress and Fantastic.tv. Additionally it has exclusive distribution contracts with both games and software publishers who utilise KOCH's expansive sales, press and marketing resources to maximise sales success. For more information on KOCH MEDIA and its products, visit www.kochmedia.com
ABOUT SG DIFFUSION:
SG Diffusion, founded in 2002, has represented a number of popular console and PC titles, including the Million-Seller Guild Wars (NC Soft), Sacred (Ascaron), Earth 2160 (Deep Silver) or Kingdom Under Fire (Phantagram). A success story not unknown to SG Diffusion President, Christian Brecheteau, and Managing Director, Pierre Ortolan. Both of them held several senior positions at SEGA, Codemasters, Virgin, Acclaim and Interplay.