BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE ACCELERATES ITS TRANSFORMATION WITH REFLECTOR ENTERTAINMENT ACQUISITION
Lyon, FRANCE – September 17, 2020 – As part of its strategy to build Western development capabilities, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe S.A.S. (BNEE) today announces that subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including applicable Canadian regulatory approvals, BNEE will acquire Reflector Entertainment Ltd. (Reflector Entertainment) and its subsidiary Reflector Interactive Productions Ltd. from Lune Rouge Innovation Inc. (Lune Rouge). This deal acquisition furthers BNEE’s content strategy aimed at developing 50% of its content outside of Japan.
“Designing and developing the content we shall publish and distribute is the cornerstone of our strategy.” commented Arnaud Muller, COO of BNEE. “The creative vision and development capacity of Reflector Entertainment will boost BNEE’s ability to craft breathtaking experiences over the years. We look forward to working with such a skilled team, and to welcome them to the BNE family.”
This first strategic move in the incredible Montreal based developer community highlights the implementation of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment’s Mid-term Plan that aims at strengthening each regional headquarters’ autonomy for greater expansion in global markets.
Founded in 2016 by Alexandre Amancio and Lune Rouge, Reflector Entertainment is focused on building Storyworlds that people can interact with across a variety of media, including videogames, novels, podcasts, movies, and much more.
Its Unknown 9 franchise, nurtured by its 120 talented employees, among which industry veterans behind some of the best AAA videogames coming from Canadian studios, was revealed to the public with, so far, the release of the first book in a novel trilogy written by the bestselling author Layton GREEN, along with podcast episodes, a comic book series, and most recently the highly anticipated videogame Unknown 9: Awakening.
“The reach to worldwide audiences and the endless entertainment possibilities offered by the synergies with BNEE and the rest of the group will provide a great long-term perspective for the team, here in Montreal” commented Alexandre Amancio.
“We believe this acquisition will enable Reflector Entertainment to deepen its transmedia vision to build amazing journeys, while expanding on the work already done on the Unknown 9 franchise and other projects,” said Robert Blain, President of Lune Rouge. “BNEE has an amazing team in place and their skills and knowledge of the industry will guarantee Reflector Entertainment a brilliant future.”
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter 2020. Upon closing of this acquisition, Alexandre Amancio will become Chief Creative Officer of Reflector Entertainment and will operate alongside Hervé Hoerdt, Vice President of Content, Marketing and Digital at BNEE, who will manage the transition as CEO.
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About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe S.A.S.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe S.A.S. part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc. is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content for platforms including all major video game consoles, PC and mobile. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN™, TEKKEN™, SOULCALIBUR™ and DARK SOULS™ as well as new franchises such as LITTLE NIGHTMARES™ and THE DARK PICTURES ANTHOLOGY.
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About Lune Rouge
The guiding principle of Lune Rouge, founded in Montreal in 2015, is to promote innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. The company develops projects and invests in funds with a focus on technology, arts, entertainment and real estate, as well as on initiatives that generate positive social and environmental impacts.
About Reflector Entertainment
Headquartered in Montreal, Reflector is a new breed of studio working with top talent to create high-quality content for a global audience. Our true transmedia approach centers around the creation of Storyworlds, expansive universes that allow us to tell richer, deeper stories that connect with fans everywhere.