Koch Media GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of Embracer Group AB, is today announcing the acquisition and purchase of all relevant assets of the US custom merchandise specialists ‘Development Plus Inc.’ and ‘DPI Logistics LLC.’
Formed in 2003, DPI gained extensive experience in the video game and entertainment industries, with their unique style of physical and digital creativity, with the designing and manufacturing of Collector’s Editions for publisher/retailers.
Its second area of expertise lies in the full creation and running of official e-commerce gear stores for publishing partners; from concept design, building the webstore, product manufacturing, marketing, fulfillment and customer service.
“We have worked closely with DPI over many years and have been impressed about their design and manufacturing experience of game merchandise and collectible items, as well as their success with official E-Commerce stores of game publishers.” said Klemens Kundratitz, Co-founder and CEO of Koch Media.
“By bringing DPI into our group we believe we can help them in developing their business to new heights.”
“This purchase helps increase our visibility and activity in America whist strengthening our offering in the field of the game merchandise business in Europe for our own portfolio, and importantly for other Embracer companies and games partners within the industry,” added Mr Kundratitz
These sentiments were echoed by the team at DPI.
“This is an exciting day; being part of Koch Media gives us the opportunity to continue what we do best, within a larger vibrant group,” says Angela McReynolds, President of DPI.
Moving forward DPI will be operating as part of the Koch Media Group under the newly formed DPI Merchandising Inc.
The group’s publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia. Koch Media has more than 25 years of experience in the digital media business and has risen to become a leading global publishing partner. The Koch Media Group runs a multi-label strategy with fully owned publishing units such as Prime Matter, Deep Silver, Milestone, Vertigo Games and Ravenscourt, publishing games for consoles, PC and VR platforms across all physical and digital channels.
Additionally, as global publishing partner Koch Media has formed long-term multi-national publishing collaborations with numerous game publishers including Activision Blizzard, Bethesda, Capcom, CI Games, Giants Software, Kalypso, Koei Tecmo, Konami, Paradox, Sega, SNK, Square Enix, Techland, Tripwire, Warner Bros, and many others.
With its parent company in Höfen, Austria, and the Publishing HQ in Munich, Germany, Koch Media owns local publishing companies in Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Australia, the United States as well as Japan and Hong Kong.
The Koch Media Group owns nine game development studios: Deep Silver Volition (Champaign, IL / USA), Deep Silver Dambuster Studios (Nottingham / UK), Deep Silver Fishlabs (Hamburg / Germany), Warhorse Studios (Prague / Czech Republic), Milestone (Milan / Italy), Voxler (Paris / France) , Flying Wild Hog (Warsaw, Kraków, Rzeszów / Poland), Free Radical Design (Nottingham / UK), Vertigo Games (Rotterdam /The Netherlands) and DigixArt (Montpellier, France). Additionally, the Koch Media Group collaborates with numerous independent development studios around the world.
Part of the Koch Media Group is also Koch Films, a leading European independent film distributor with business primarily in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy as a cinema, TV, online and Home Entertainment distributor. The Koch Media Group also owns Gaya Entertainment, a leading video game merchandise company in Munich, Germany, and the Quality Assurance Facility in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Koch Media is an Embracer Group company.