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Borderlands Developer Gearbox Software Snapped Up By Embracer Group

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The Embracer Group continues its purchase spree, with Borderlands developer Gearbox Software its latest acquisition. Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Gearbox will become the company’s seventh operating group, alongside THQ Nordic, Saber Interactive, Coffee Stain Studios, Koch Media, DECA Games, and Amplifier Game Invest.

Controversial Gearbox founder and CEO Randy Pitchford will continue to head up the studio.

Alongside Borderlands, today’s move brings the Duke Nukem, Brothers in Arms, and Homeworld franchises under Embracer’s umbrella, which may bode well for the former two, as the publisher has shown a predilection for remastering and reviving aging IP, like Kingdoms of Amalur and Destroy All Humans!.

Whatever Gearbox’s internal studios have in the pipeline is unannounced. Its multiplayer FPS Battleborn shut its servers last month, and Borderlands 3 released in 2019. However, over the next few years, the studio is set to publish Tribes of Midgard and Homeworld 3.

Speaking about the merger, Pitchford said that “The feeling at Gearbox is that we are just getting started and this transaction is not merely a stimulant for the talent of our employee-owned company, but a propellent for the exciting future we have planned.”

The upfront cost of the transaction was $363 million, though a total earn out of over $1 billion is possible over the next six years, dependent on profitability, completion of projects, and retention of key staff.


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Editor and Contributor of The Escapist: Damien Lawardorn has been writing about video games since 2010, including a 1.5 year period as Editor-in-Chief of Only Single Player. He’s also an emerging fiction writer, with a Bachelor of Arts with Media & Writing and English majors. His coverage ranges from news to feature interviews to analysis of video games, literature, and sometimes wider industry trends and other media. His particular interest lies in narrative, so it should come as little surprise that his favorite genres include adventures and RPGs, though he’ll readily dabble in anything that sounds interesting.