Embracer Group has acquired Dark Horse, with the latter the tenth major acquisition by the group. Dark Horse, best known for their groundbreaking work in the comics industry, leverages more than 300 intellectual properties. Through the acquisition, Embracer seeks to strengthen its transmedia capabilities by adding expertise in content development, comics publishing, and film & TV production.
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Mike Richardson, founder and CEO of Dark Horse, had this to say on the acquisition:
“I can’t express the excitement I feel as Dark Horse moves into this new chapter in our history. The synergies that exist with the Embracer network of companies promises exciting new opportunities not only for Dark Horse, but also for the creators and companies we work with. I’ve had a number of compelling conversations with Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors and I’m very impressed with him and what he and his team have built. I have to say, the future for our company has never looked brighter.”
Dark Horse publications include company owned titles, such as The Mask, Time Cop, Father’s Day, and Ghost; licensed titles, such as Star Wars, Avatar the Last Airbender, Stranger Things and Witcher; Japanese manga titles, such as Berserk, Lone Wolf & Cub, and creator-owned material, such as Big Guy and Rusty and Grendel.
It will be interesting to see how Embracer will make use of the publisher’s portfolio, especially when it comes to video games. Let us know what your thoughts are on this acquisition in the comments below!