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BBG Entertainment acquires First Star Software name and licensing rights

Deal includes rights to multiple First Star titles including Astro Chase and Boulder Dash

BBG Entertainment has today announced the acquisition of the First Star Software name, including rights to several of the publisher's classic games.

Founded in 1982 by Richard Spitalny - who remains with the company to this day - and Fernando Herrera, First Star Software is best-known for games such as the award-winning Astro Chase.

Acquired as part of the deal are the rights to Astro Chase, Boulder Dash, Bristles, and Flop Flop. BBG Entertainment now also owns the full rights to BOiNG, Millenium Warriors, Omnicron Conspiracy, Panic Button, Rent Wars, and Security Alert.

"A few months ago we sold Boulder Dash to BBG, and I've been very pleased by their recent announcement to pre-install the original C-64 version on Retro Games' THEC64 Mini as well as BBG's plans for a new, multiplayer Boulder Dash," said Spitalny.

"It made sense that BBG should be able to use the First Star Software name and domain as well, along with a range of our earlier games. I'm excited knowing that BBG's president will continue First Star Software's legacy of innovation and quality."

Stephan Berendsen, president of BBG Entertainment, added: "After having secured all rights to Boulder Dash, First Star Software's signature classic game, it only made sense to take ownership of the First Star Software name along with most of its other key games. We are delighted to now take the lead and manage this legendary gaming business moving forward."

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