A new publishing group, Kepler Interactive, has raised $120 million in a financing round as part of its launch.
Kepler Interactive is a publisher co-owned and run by developers. It offers a new model to game makers, giving studio founders the opportunity to become co-owners of the group.
Currently, Kepler has seven founding studios as members: A44, Alpha Channel, Awaceb, Ebb Software, Shapefarm, Sloclap and Timberline. The company's executive team is led by the founders of independent video game fund Kowloon Nights.
Kepler has operational hubs in London and Singapore, and represents over 250 people across 10 countries.
"When we founded Kowloon Nights, our goal was to support the next generation of independent developers," said Kepler Interactive CEO Alexis Garavaryan. "The evolution of that work is now Kepler, which takes the developer‑first approach a major leap forward in terms of scale and empowerment."
Pierre de Margerie, CEO of Sloclap, added: "Kepler provides an environment where the teams feel safe, supported, and free to create amazing gaming experiences ‑ and that's the best way to make a hit game."