TELEPOOL’s gaming label Wild River Games becomes a full spectrum self-developing games publisher with acquisition of Munich-based game developer Diviad (Ghost Tappers).

TELEPOOL, a diversified licensing company with offices in Munich, Zürich, Leipzig and Los Angeles, expands its activities in the games market: The company has acquired 100 percent of the Munich development studio Diviad. Diviad GmbH moved into the rooms of TELEPOOL and was rebranded to Wild River Games GmbH. The new company will bundle all games development and publishing activities of the group, while another TELEPOOL subsidiary, EuroVideo Medien, will continue to handle physical games distribution. Managing directors of the new entity will be Marc Wardenga, previously Head of Games at EuroVideo Medien, and industry veteran Ralf Gronwald (formerly Activision and Disney).

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This move creates a strong new games industry player, combining sophisticated game development capacities with stellar publishing expertise.

André Druskeit, CEO of TELEPOOL: “Games remains a growth market in which we want to play an even stronger role with the acquisition of Diviad. Additionally, we see increasing synergies with our film business. An exciting example is ‘bayala’, an animated family movie: Our global distributor Global Screen sells the rights internationally, while Wild River Games publishes the corresponding PC and console game simultaneously.”
Marc Wardenga, Co-Managing Director of Wild River Games, adds: “Publishing games will remain our core business, but the creation of internal development resources gives us the opportunity to create games without external partners, an important step towards becoming an internationally successful player.”

Ralf Gronwald, Co-Managing Director of Wild River Games, adds: “The acquisition creates a powerful and efficient games team active in all areas of the market. A great prerequisite for further growth.”