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Koch Media acquires Vertigo Games for €50m

The Dutch VR publisher joins Embracer Group, in a deal that could rise a further €65m over ten years

Koch Media has acquired the VR publisher Vertigo Games for €50 million in cash and stock.

Vertigo Games, which is based in Rotterdam, will receive €40 million in cash and a further €10 million in newly issued B shares.

The deal also includes targets around earnings and product releases over the next ten years. If fulfilled, the total value of the deal could rise by a further €65 million -- €25 million in cash, and €40 million in B shares.

Vertigo Games is best known as the developer of the early VR hit Arizona Sunshine. It also expanded into location-based entertainment in an effort to grow the business.

The company expects to publish six games in 2020/21, including both first- and third-party products.

"We have been monitoring the VR market over the past years very closely," said Dr Klemens Kundratitiz, CEO of Koch Media, in a statement.

"I am sure that we are only at the beginning of the technological development of VR and what it offers players around the globe."

Koch Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of Embracer Group, the parent company of THQ Nordic and Saber Interactive, among others.

Vertigo Games was a key contributor to a GamesIndustry.biz Academy article about the best practices and design principles of VR development -- you can read that here.

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