Danish game developer Interceptor acquires 3D Realms
Danish game developer Interceptor Entertainment has purchased 3D Realms (Apogee Software Ltd), according to a report by Borsen cited by IGN. The financial terms of the acquisition deal were not disclosed in the said report.
Mike Nielsen, the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of 3D Realms, said of the deal: "With this acquisition, we aim to strengthen 3D Realms and protect the legend that it is. The brand itself is very valuable, and we want to ensure the survival and return to the level at which it is renowned."
According to VG 24/7, the deal is quite interesting because both parties are locked in a lawsuit with Gearbox Software. The latter has sued Interceptor and Apogee for copyright infringement and breach of contract for the Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction game. Gearbox acquired the rights to the Duke Nukem game from 3D Realms in February 2, 2010. Therefore, the two companies cannot use the game without Gearbox's consent. During the filing, Interceptor and Apogee seemed to announce the impending release of a new Duke Nukem game, the report explained.
Founded in 2010, Interceptor Entertainment is currently based in Aalborg, Denmark. Apogee, on the other hand, was formed in 1987 but it was only in the mid-90's that it started publishing its games with 3D Realms, IGN reported.