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Conspiracy Entertainment forms EU publishing arm

Conspiracy Entertainment has established a new European publishing arm, its UK offices open for business with industry veteran Howard Newmark at the helm and a number of deals already in place.

Conspiracy Entertainment has established a new European publishing arm, its UK offices open for business with industry veteran Howard Newmark at the helm and a number of deals already in place.

Newmark, who assumes the role of VP of publishing for the new venture, has over 20 years experience in the games industry as a distributor, developer and publisher, having set up and managed several EU software distribution companies as well as becoming director of licensing and acquisitions for Accolade Europe (now Atari).

"The key to success for Conspiracy Entertainment in Europe relies on a number of important factors, but already we have put in place key elements to ensure both our short and long term success," Newmark commented.

Although sharing goals and objectives with its Santa Monica-based parent company, the European arm will be autonomous and strive to establish its own identity as a value publisher with all titles retailing for "a competitive price point, but without compromising quality."

The new division's debut release, a date for which has yet to be finalised, will be Archer Maclean's Pool Paradise International Edition, which will retail at GBP 19.99. Conspiracy has also put several further deals in place for the new publishing arm, including a range of titles on current and next-gen platforms and handheld devices.

"We have already set up a distribution network across mainland Europe and Australia with a number of leading distributors and hope to make an announcement shortly with regard to UK distribution. We are about to sign further titles after successful negotiations at the recent E3 and we expect to unveil some exciting acquisitions," added Newmark.

The company is actively seeking to meet developers and secure new titles, touting the UK, EU and potential US distribution network via its parent company as a key advantage over other value publishers.

Further details of the company's publishing portfolio and new license acquisitions are expected to be announced in the coming months.

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