NDL Acquired By Emergent Game Technologies
A Principal Of 7 Mile Advisors Acted As The Sell-Side Advisor to NDL In Their Sale To Emergent Game Technology
Emergent Game Technologies, a venture capital funded developer of the Emergent Platform™, a suite of video game tools and online infrastructure, and NDL, a leading developer of 3D graphics technology for the computer and video game industry, were merged. The combined company, Emergent Game Technologies, delivered 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 at the time of the transaction. “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 was appointed 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 was appointed senior vice president of business development and strategy in the combined company.
Sid Meier, founder and director of creative development of Firaxis Games said of the merger, “We have had an outstanding long-term partnership with NDL. We are excited about Emergent’s vision and that they will have additional resources to expand and improve the Gamebryo 3D graphics product line – a technology we have been delighted with. The new tools and technologies in their portfolio will address other pressure points in the development process. The more we can focus our energies on creating great gameplay and content while leaving infrastructure and details to outstanding licensed technologies, the better.”
Emergent Game Technologies was headquartered in Los Angeles (Calabasas), Calif., with product development located in Calabasas, Chapel Hill, N.C. and Walnut Creek, Calif. Sales and marketing was based in Chapel Hill.
NDL, headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C., was 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, was the culmination of two decades of 3D graphics expertise. Developers using NDL’s Gamebryo could 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.
About Emergent Game Technologies
Founded in 2000, Emergent Game Technologies provided software, tools and infrastructure for the video game and military simulation industries. These products included a highly optimized platform, The Emergent Platform™ for online games, based on open standards, that provided unparalleled scalability, reliability and performance, as well as software automation tools, metrics and analytics that enhanced developers ability to build and test their games, ensuring on time and on budget delivery.