SCi obtains 11
new licenses as part of new deal with Warner Bros.
) has word
that Warner Bros. has acquired a 10% stake in SCi, which nets SCi no fewer than
11 licenses. Thus SCi has revealed ambitious plans to capitalize on this to
create games based on Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera, as well as Batman, and,
for some reason, The OC, set to start appearing in 2008:
Entertainment has picked up 11 new licenses, including Looney-Tunes,
Hanna-Barbera and The OC, as part of a new deal with Warner Bros. worth GBP 44.5
million (Euro 66.4 million).
The deal sees WB acquiring a ten per cent stake in the company, subscribing at
GBP 5.02 (7.49 Euro) per share.
"We continue to build a broad portfolio with a very strong focus on original IPs
supported by strong licences," SCi CFO Rob Murphy told GamesIndustry.biz.
"The WB licences reflect the broadening demographics of games buyers and should
be particularly well suited to new platforms such as the Wii and DS."
Under the terms of the deal, SCi's publishing label, Eidos, will create games
based on Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner and
Speedy Gonzales for handheld consoles.
SCi also has the right to produce up to ten games based on Hanna-Barbera
characters including Tom and Jerry, the Flintstones, Wacky Races and Yogi Bear,
plus titles based on DC Comics's Batman character and hit TV show The OC.
In addition, SCi has acquired the licenses for animated TV programmes Loonatics
Unleashed and Legion of Super Heroes.
SCi will produce up to 20 games in total across current and next-gen platforms,
and Warner Bros. will provide primary distribution and media buying services to
Eidos in the US. The games will be developed at both internal and third-party
studios, and will be released from 2008 onwards.