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Frontier Gains Elite Rights; Braben to Sell Frontier Stock

Develop has news that Frontier Developments acquired software and IT consultancy Professional Practice Automation on Tuesday in a deal worth 5.09m, a deal which, besides the other assets of the company, also includes the rights to the Elite franchise, as Frontier is currently developing Elite Dangerous, a crowd-funded new installment in the space combat series. They also report that Frontier founder David Braben now plans to sell up to 1.6m shares in Frontier Developments, which they say represents a little over five percent of the company. Besides holding the Elite rights, Develop says PPA develops software "currently in use on thousands of seats across accountancy practices in the UK."

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15. Re: Frontier Gains Elite Rights; Braben to Sell Frontier Stock Apr 17, 2014, 13:32 CJ_Parker
 
loomy wrote on Apr 17, 2014, 11:47:
Either way, hostile takeover. David Braben does seem cut throat and spiteful to me. He got his wish thanks to the backers. And his good work!

Where are you getting that impression from? Throughout the entire KS campaign of ED and the development process so far, Braben has come across as one of the most likable leading figures in video gaming history to me.
He is very smart, knows exactly what he is talking about, humble, down to earth and able to communicate his goals and vision very clearly.
It's funny how he is almost the exact opposite of Chris "Showboat" Roberts who went from a pale, chubby, grizzled nerd in a jumpsuit at the start of the KS to a change-jingling nouveaux riche yuppie in a suit with dyed hair as the millions kept rolling in.
Braben on the other hand has managed to stay grounded with his humble British understatement where actions seem to be much more important than words to him.

I hope that both games will be very successful to bring the space sim genre back to life but on a sympathy scale Braben ranks so much higher than Roberts it's not even funny. Just watch the progress diaries some time (ED YT channel) and I'm sure you'll agree in no time that Braben is a cool dude.
 
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