In a rare type of deal for the video game industry, the Bellevue, Wash.-based indie game publisher TinyBuild announced on Friday that it had bought the ownership rights to several comedy games from the British studio Bossa.
$3M deal sees tinyBuild pick up IP from Bossa Games I am Fish, I am Bread, and the three games of surgeon simulator series. All five are cross-platform releases with decent reviews, with the notable exception of last year, which was significantly less popular. Surgeon Simulator 2.
“Together with tinyBuild, we have found a path that allows Bossa to focus their full attention on their new projects,” Henrique Olifiers, co-founder of Bossa Studios, wrote in a press release. These new projects will see Bossa focus on single-player content towards cooperative player versus enemy games.
The deal strips Bossa of most, but not all, of the games in its current portfolio, and drastically changes the vibe of the company’s lineup. Bossa has also developed Emily: moved, a 2016 visual novel that places the reader in the role of a child-turned-war refugee, and the pixel-art dungeon crawler Fate Deep Dungeons. He retains the rights to his all-chat dating simulator perfect date, however, being completely ridiculous has yet to leave this building.
tinyBuild also announced on Friday that it is continuing to grow its network of studios by acquiring Konfa Games.
Konfa, formerly headquartered in Russia, is the developer of the strategy/tactics game published by tinyBuild The Despot’s Game, which has been in Steam Early Access since October. It is expected to release its version 1.0 on September 15, which will also mark its debut on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Epic Games Store.
tinyBuild said it paid $5.4 million to acquire Konfa, split 40/60 between cash and newly issued shares of tinyBuild. Under the terms of the agreement, Konfa’s developer team will relocate to Belgrade, Serbia to join a new tinyBuild studio hub there.
“We continue to invest in expanding our portfolio of our own intellectual property,” wrote tinyBuild CEO Alex Nichiporhik in the same press release. “Today’s agreements are a unique opportunity to bring Konfa’s talented in-house developer team together and add Bossa’s incredible intellectual property to tinyBuild’s portfolio.”
The other tinyBuild projects for 2022 in addition The Despot’s Game includes first-person survival/horror gameplay Zero Shippingthe next action-RPG Asterigos: The Curse of the Starsand next week, a “good review”Pikmin-as” called Tinykin.
Founded in 2011, tinyBuild went public last year on the London Stock Exchange. Shares have fallen almost 50% since then. hello neighbor is currently tinyBuild’s tentpole franchise.