Embracer Group acquires comic book publisher, Dark Horse Comics

In an unpredictable move, Embracer Group, a Swedish company best known for its portfolio of video game developers and publishers, has announced the acquisition of Dark Horse Comics.

No financial details have been revealed, but the deal includes the purchase of Dark Horse’s comic book publishing division, comic book production company and distribution chain, Things From Another World. The acquisition of the third largest comic book publisher will be finalized in early 2022, with the comic book publisher operating as a separate entity led by the current leadership in the same way as the other acquisitions of the Embracer Group.

“I cannot express the excitement I feel as Dark Horse enters this new chapter in our history,” Dark Horse CEO Mike Richardson said in a statement.

“The synergies that exist with Embracer’s business network promise exciting new opportunities not only for Dark Horse, but also for the creators and companies we work with.

Source: Mike Mignola / Dark Horse Comics

Black horse comics is known for properties like Hellboy, Frank Miller the city of sin, Umbrella Academy, The mask, Time cop and more. Purchase includes the licensed comic book publisher’s library which includes Star wars, Avatar the last airbender, Strange things, The witcher, critical role and more.

“Dark Horse’s growing library includes over 300 compelling intellectual properties,” Dark Horse Comics said in an official statement.

“With a structure and a proven ability to produce intellectual property, partner with top creative talent, and build brands and global successes, Dark Horse is in a strong position in a market where entertainment content is essential. very demanding. “

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Currently, Dark Horse Comics has over 40 projects in development with production companies like Netflix, Amazon, Syfy, Sony, MGM, Universal, and Warner Media. Dark Horse Comics’ intellectual property adaptations might not be limited to movies and TV, but maybe games too.

“Additionally, there is untapped potential in creating games based on Dark Horse IP and a substantial opportunity for synergies within the Embracer group, both within Dark Horse Comics and Dark Horse Entertainment,” said Dark. Horse Comics in an official press release.

Daniel K. Denny