Charlotte, NC; August 18, 2005 - DecisionPoint International, a boutique Investment Bank providing merger and acquisition services to middle-market technology clients, announced today that its client, NDL (“NDL” or “Company”), a leading developer of 3D graphics technology for the computer and video game industry, has merged with Emergent Game Technologies (“Emergent”), a venture capital funded developer of the Emergent Platform(TM), a suite of video game tools and online infrastructure. The combined company, named Emergent Game Technologies and based in California, will deliver the most comprehensive and innovative tools and technologies that game developers need to create better games on time and on budget.
“Through licensing of the Gamebryo graphics engine and tools since 1997, NDL has developed a reputation of delivering solid and flexible technology while providing superior customer support. We will build on that experience and reputation as we develop a full modular pipeline solution including tools, infrastructure and services to game developers and publishers worldwide,” said Geoffrey Selzer, chief executive officer of Emergent Game Technologies. “Our customers are our primary concern and you will be seeing creative partnerships and business models emerge that will serve the industry extremely well.” Selzer will be the chief executive officer of the merged companies.
“We are excited to be able to deliver additional technologies beyond our Gamebryo 3D graphics engine and tools,” said John Austin, chief executive officer of NDL. “The creative, engineering and financial resources that Emergent brings to the combined company provide a tremendous fit with NDL’s established customers and products. This merger will enable us to dramatically grow our engineering, sales, and marketing organizations. Combined, we will provide the most complete and flexible solution to game developers and publishers in the market.” Austin will become senior vice president of business development and strategy in the combined company.
Emergent Game Technologies is headquartered in Los Angeles (Calabasas), CA., with product development located in Calabasas, Chapel Hill, NC and Walnut Creek, CA. Sales and marketing is based in Chapel Hill, and a sales office will open in Europe later in the third quarter. Emergent is aggressively hiring software developers at all three of the company’s U.S. sites.
John Nash, Managing Partner at DecisionPoint, commented: “NDL and Emergent complement each other well. Game developers will certainly benefit from this merger.”
About Numerical Design Limited
NDL, headquartered in Chapel Hill, NC, is an independent developer of highly flexible 3D graphics software used by leading game publishers and developers such as Atari, Vivendi Universal Games, Firaxis, Mythic Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks, and Irrational Games. The company’s flagship product, the Gamebryo graphics engine and toolkit, is the culmination of two decades of 3D graphics expertise. Developers using NDL’s Gamebryo can spend their time making Microsoft Windows®, Xbox®, the Xbox 360® platform, PlayStation®2, PLAYSTATION®3 and GameCube® games look great and play well, saving time and money in the process. For additional information on NDL, visit http://www.ndl.com.
About Emergent Game Technologies
Founded in 2000, Emergent Game Technologies provides software, tools and infrastructure for the video game and military simulation industries. These products include a highly optimized platform, The Emergent Platform(TM) for online games, based on open standards, that provides unparalleled scalability, reliability and performance, as well as software automation tools, metrics and analytics that enhance developers ability to build and test their games, ensuring on time and on budget delivery. For additional information on Emergent, visit http://www.emergentgametech.com.
DecisionPoint is a global leader in M&A advisory services for middle-market technology companies in the services, software, and communication sectors. For additional information on DecisionPoint, visit www.DecisionPointINT.com.
For further information, contact: Doug Ellis, Managing Partner; (704) 916-9070; DEllis@DecisionPointINT.com.