18 Aug 2021 Saber Interactive Welcomes Three Specialized Video Game Studios

Saber Interactive is thrilled to announce that we’ve acquired video game company SmartPhone Labs and entered into agreement to acquire two other video game studios: Demiurge Studios and Fractured Byte. This latest expansion further broadens Saber’s reach and capabilities, which already included over a dozen game studios across the Americas, Europe, and Russia.

“These three companies are some of the most impressive studios in the world, and we’re looking forward to working closely together on all kinds of incredible projects,” said Matthew Karch, CEO and co-founder of Saber Interactive. “As we grow our internal teams and work-for-hire business, these companies will allow us to diversify in significant ways. The specializations we now have in testing, design and creative across all platforms continue to expand and today’s acquisitions help us solidify our long-term plans for the future.”

Details about each acquisition:

Demiurge Studios

Saber has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Demiurge Studios from its current owners. Demiurge is an independent games studio based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has been involved in many co-development projects and contributed to over two dozen titles, out of which four are original mobile free-to-play titles: Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire, Sega Heroes, Puzzle and Glory, and Marvel Puzzle Quest. The studio develops games cross-platform and is now focusing primarily on the AAA segment. It has worked with leading international developers and publishers such as THQ, Gearbox, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, SEGA, and Epic Games on titles such as Titan Quest, Borderlands, Brothers-in-Arms, Mass Effect, Medal of Honor: Airborne, and Rocket League: Sideswipe.

Through the acquisition, Saber will onboard a talented team that will strengthen Embracer Group’s work-for-hire capabilities with significant experience in AAA game development. This further builds on Saber’s footprint in the U.S. by enabling direct access to Boston, a city with tremendous talent and a major hub of game development on the East Coast.

Fractured Byte

Saber has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in OÜ Fractured Byte, a well-regarded game studio founded in 2018 with headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia, and development operations across three locations in Ukraine. The studio has extensive game development experience and has collaborated with global developers and publishers on porting projects, including Borderlands Legendary Collection and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 for Nintendo Switch. Through the acquisition, Saber will onboard a creative and cost-effective studio with a founder-led team, and going forward, Fractured Byte will continue to operate as a subsidiary to Saber and work closely with the Saber team on internal and external game development projects.

SmartPhone Labs

Saber has acquired 100 percent of the shares in SmartPhone Labs (”SPL”), an independent software testing and games development company for mobile, PC, consoles, and VR established in 2002. Based in Veliky Novgorod, Russia, SPL focuses on modern production and testing practices and has extensive experience working with Unity, custom C++ engines, VR and backend systems. SPL has a long-standing developer relationship with Saber, having collaborated on many successful projects, including bringing Mudrunner to mobile and World War Z to Nintendo Switch. Within Embracer, SPL will operate as a subsidiary under Saber, with continued focus on software testing and games development. Saber onboards an experienced team that further strengthens Saber’s position in Russia and Eastern Europe.