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BioWare and Pandemic Join

Elevation Partners' First Investment Creates BioWare, Pandemic Partnership (thanks Frans) has word a new partnership between BioWare and Pandemic that's the handiwork of Elevation Partners, an investment firm whose board includes former EA president John Riccitiello and rock star Bono. Riccitiello will take the reins as CEO of the new Bioware/Pandemic Studios, which seems a natural marriage, as it sort of mates the disease with its cure. Word is:

Pandemic is known for its top-selling action/adventure titles; BioWare is the leading independent developer of story- and character-based role-playing games. Both will retain their separate brands and creative teams, and continue to operate in their respective cities: BioWare in Edmonton, Canada; Pandemic in Los Angeles and Brisbane, Australia. Both studios plan future expansions at these and other locations.

The cash infusion will allow Pandemic and BioWare to rapidly support new game consoles ensuring each title has the necessary resources to achieve the highest quality. Andrew Goldman, Pandemic Studios' CEO, said that publishers remain vital to the business. "This is still very much a collaboration with our publishing partners. We will continue to innovate and deliver top-quality hit games and they will continue to transform that creativity into blockbuster titles."

"BioWare and Pandemic will use our new alliance as a launch pad for exchanging creative ideas, cutting edge technologies and top talent while retaining our distinctive cultures," said Ray Muzyka, joint CEO of BioWare Corp. "In a business where developers often must sell out to survive, this deal is refreshingly new: a partnership of equals."

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46. Re: You have got to be fucking kidding Nov 3, 2005, 20:48  CrushBug 
He is now ceo of Bioware
Ray and Greg are still Joint CEOs of BioWare.

We are not going to be changing the way we make games. Quality is the first priority and this is going to be reflected in us going forward and making "event games" - games that are tied to their release event, not to any fiscal quarter or some such.

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