Bigben has announced the signing of an agreement for the acquisition of Spiders, a French video game development studio specializing in action and role-playing games. As the press release reads, and after the acquisition of 3 studios in the last 18 months, this new strategic operation allows Bigben to assert its position as a developer-publisher while strengthening its expertise in content production for succesful genres still missing in its portfolio.
Created in 2008 by former Monte Cristo developers who previously worked together on the Silverfall game, Spiders has specialized for several years in the action and role-playing segment. The studio thus developed 6 games including Mars: War Logs, Bound by Flame, and The Technomancer (a RPG Cyberpunk). The new game Greedfall will be released in September with a unique visual identity inspired by the Baroque art of 17th century Europe.
Bigben’s editorial positioning is thus widened after rhe purchase of the Cyanide studio, which allowed it to extend its offer to major genres not yet represented in its portfolio, such as cycling simulations, turn-based games or stealth games, the increased stake in Kylotonn Racing, which secured a strong position in the racing simulation game segment for cars and bikes, as well as the acquisition of the Eko Software studio, which allowed it to increase its presence on genres popular with gamers such as “Action-RPG”(2) and collective sports simulations. The investment in Spiders studio will now allow the Bigben group to cover the entire world of role-playing games.
This new external growth fits perfectly into the BIGBEN 2022 plan, which aims at making Bigben one of the reference leaders in ‘AA’ video games. By expanding its research and development division with this new recognized player in the development of video games in France, Bigben is integrating additional skills that will enable it to further strengthen the upstream structure of its Gaming sector, and create value by offering contents long-awaited by an ever-changing video game market.
Alain Falc, Chairman and CEO of Bigben, said:
“This acquisition fits perfectly with Bigben’s strategy to increase its know-how in the development of video games in the AA strategic segment. We are delighted to welcome the talents of Spiders who will strengthen our Development unit and participate in new and even more ambitious projects.”
Jehanne Rousseau, CEO and co-founder of Spiders, added:
“We look forward to joining the Bigben Group, a reference player in the video games industry whose strategic vision we fully share. Becoming part of the Bigben Group is a unique opportunity to accelerate our development alongside other quality studios, by integrating an environment conducive to the creation of ever more qualitative games.“