Exciting news for us at astragon Entertainment: As of Thursday last week, we are part of the Team17 Group plc, a global games label, creative partner and developer of independent (“indie”) premium video games and publisher, creative partner and developer of educational entertainment (“edutainment”) apps for children!
As an independent vertical within the enlarged Group, our team is supported by this strategic partnership with Team17 to build on astragon’s existing foundations and accelerate our current growth trajectory to achieve our ambition to become the global number one simulation portfolio brand for gaming. Next to interesting cross collaboration opportunities, the combination of both Team17 and astragon creates exciting commercial opportunities with a number of brands from other industries and media partners.
Julia Pfiffer and Tim Schmitz, CEOs of astragon Entertainment GmbH, commented:
“Team17 is the perfect home for astragon Entertainment GmbH as we enter into this exciting new chapter. From the first day we felt that Team17 shares the same vision for our games and understands our target group. Our goal is to become the number one brand in the field of ‘working’ simulation games. Collaborating with Team17 will enable and help astragon to evolve and focus on this strategy. We look forward to the possibilities that are opened up by working with what we believe to be a great partner to deliver our ambitions.”
Debbie Bestwick MBE, CEO of the Team17 Group plc, commented:
“We are delighted to welcome the astragon team into Team17, and believe we are joining forces with one of the leading experts in the simulation games space. They have decades of game creation and publishing experience, have built an outstanding and highly devoted community and have developed an outstanding portfolio of owned IP across this genre.“
“At Team17, we have always strived to build, develop and publish great content for the widest audience possible. With the addition of StoryToys and the expansion of our Games Label, which includes the recently acquired USA based ‘The Label’ and now astragon, we have significantly expanded Team17’s appeal to the widest ever cross section of gamers, spanning multiple genres and age groups.”
“We look forward to working closely with astragon’s joint CEOs Julia and Tim and their whole team who share our ambitions to grow their own IP titles on the path to developing a leading global simulation portfolio brand as part of the Team17 family.”
About astragon Entertainment GmbH
Founded in 1998, astragon Entertainment GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Team17 Group PLC, and a leading German games developer, publisher and distributor of sophisticated ‘working’ simulation games, focusing on non-violent cooperative gameplay with very detailed, technical, and realistic environments.
astragon’s internationally well-known IPs include Construction Simulator, Bus Simulator, Police Simulator: Patrol Officers and Firefighting Simulator. The distribution of high-quality licensed and distribution products such as Farming Simulator and SnowRunner complete its attractive product range. astragon games are available world-wide on many different platforms such as consoles, smartphones, tablets, and PC.
About Team17 Group plc
Team17 Group plc is a global provider of games entertainment to a broad audience. It has two main verticals – a games entertainment label and creative partner for indie developers, and a leading developer of educational apps, targeting children under the age of eight.
Games label and creative partner
Team17 is a games entertainment label and creative partner for independent ("indie") developers, focused on the premium, rather than free to play market, and creating games for the PC, console, mobile and tablet gaming markets. Alongside developing the Company's own games in house ("first party IP"), Team17 also partners with independent developers across the globe to add value to their games in all areas of development and production and in bringing them to market across multiple platforms for fixed percentage royalties ("third party IP").
Since foundation in 1990, the Company has launched over 100 games, including the iconic Worms, Overcooked! and Escapists franchises, along with many more including; Yooka-Laylee, Yoku's Island Express, My Time at Portia, Hell Let Loose, Blasphemous, Golf With Your Friends, Neon Abyss and Moving Out making Team17 one of the most prolific developers and diverse partners of games for the indie market. Visit www.team17.com for more information.