Published: 2014-08-13 18:00:00 CEST
Starbreeze AB and Skybound Interactive announce long-term partnership regarding The Walking Dead
Starbreeze AB, an independent creator, publisher and distributor of computer and
video games  has,  through  its  subsidiary  Starbreeze  Studios  AB, decided to
proceed  with a long-term collaboration with Skybound Interactive, committing to
a  game developer  and publisher  partnership for  the IP  The Walking Dead. The
partners  will collaborate on  a AAA game to expand  the franchise into the next

This  agreement is a  first between Starbreeze  Studios and Skybound Interactive
where  Starbreeze Studios will  focus on development  and publishing of the game
OVERKILL's The Walking Dead, also announced today.

The  collaboration  is  based  on  standard  market  terms  where  Starbreeze as
publisher  has sufficient long-term  rights to develop  and commercialize one or
more  games based  on The Walking  Dead universe  against customary royalties to
Skybound.  The likely impact  on profits for  Starbreeze will depend  on how the
future  games will be received by the  players in 2016 and onwards, and can thus
not be projected today.

"For Starbreeze Studios this is a major strategic move, taking on an independent
brand  and treating  it as  our own.  We have  great experience  from the PAYDAY
series that can be utilized in bringing The Walking Dead to first-person shooter
gamers  everywhere." says Bo Andersson Klint, CEO,  Starbreeze AB. He continues,
"The Walking Dead TV series is the #1 TV show in over 50 countries with millions
of  viewers  all  around  the  world,  and  The Walking Dead comic is one of the
bestselling  comics  ever.  OVERKILL's  The  Walking  Dead  will  be our biggest
endeavor  to date  and marks  a new  era for  our company.  This is  a long-term
commitment,  as  with  all  our  franchises.  Teaming  up with Robert Kirkman on
creating  this game  and involving  our community  in the  process will show the
strength of independents working together."

Dan  Murray,  President,  Skybound  Interactive,  states,  "I've  been  a fan of
Starbreeze  for many years.  Recent titles such as Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons
and  PAYDAY 2 showcase  an incredible  range of  talent. Starbreeze consistently
demonstrates  their commitment  toward delivering  to their  fans. The  way they
communicate  with their community in  the PAYDAY franchise aligns perfectly with
our  goals at Skybound.   We look forward  to creating an innovative multiplayer
experience in the world of The Walking Dead alongside the OVERKILL crew."

"With this unique collaboration Starbreeze takes a great leap towards becoming a
global  leader in  the new  digital world.  For the  first time ever, Starbreeze
Studios,  one of Europe's  oldest independent developers,  is both developer and
publisher  of a  game. It  has been  one of  the board's long-term goals to take
control  of the business. Thanks to our  success with the PAYDAY franchise along
with  our partnership with Skybound  Interactive we are now  able to cut out the
middleman  and have a direct relationship with our community, focusing on making
the  best game we possibly  can together." says Michael  Hjorth, Chairman of the
Board of Starbreeze AB. He adds, "We are convinced that the time is right for an
aggressive  strategy. Going forward, the board and management will actively work
to  strengthen our  portfolio and  technology platform  even further.  Our sales
pulses  work, we have  the largest player  community group on  Steam and we have
access  to a strong and well known IP.  Moreover, we now have the most important
elements in place; a great team, a proven business model and the capital to make
it all happen. Our journey has just begun."

To  commemorate the  collaboration between  the companies,  an exclusive weapon,
the "Lucille"  baseball bat from The Walking Dead, will be offered to the PAYDAY
2 community for free to be used in-game in PAYDAY 2.

OVERKILL's  The Walking  Dead is  scheduled to  be released  in 2016 and will be
continuously supported with both free updates and paid downloadable content.

For more information please contact:
Bo Andersson Klint, CEO, Starbreeze AB
Tel: +46(0)8-209 208, email:

Dan Murray, President, Skybound Interactive
Tel: +1-323-932-6403, email:

June Alian, Publicity Director, Skybound Entertainment
Tel: +1-310-836-5100, email:

Brief information about Starbreeze:

Starbreeze Studios is an independent creator, publisher and distributor of high
quality entertainment products, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. At
Starbreeze we create games by our own design and through licensed content,
establishing franchises that can live and prosper outside the game itself. We
live and die by gameplay.

Starbreeze is pioneering digital self-publishing, currently hosting one of the
largest community groups on the digital distribution platform Steam.
Starbreeze's most recent products include PAYDAY 2, our adrenaline fuelled bank
robbing co-op game and the critically acclaimed adventure game Brothers -
A Tale of Two Sons.

Starbreeze AB is publicly traded on Nasdaq OMX First North Premier under the
ticker STAR and the ISIN code: SE0005992831. Starbreeze's brands include
OVERKILL Software and the PAYDAY series.

See for more information.

Brief information about Skybound:

Since opening its doors in 2010, Skybound Entertainment has grown into a
multiplatform entertainment company. Skybound CEO Robert Kirkman is creator of
the award-winning The Walking Dead comic book series, the inspiration for the
hit TV show of the same name where he serves as creator and executive producer.
To date The Walking Dead is the #1 on television among the coveted 18-49 demo.

Skybound also collaborated with Telltale Games on the multi-award winning 2012
Game of the Year The Walking Dead: The Game, and produced and published the
critically acclaimed iOS/Android action game The Walking Dead: Assault.

Skybound Entertainment and Kirkman just wrapped production on their first
feature film, Air, starring The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus and Academy Award-
nominated actor Djimon Hounsou. The film is slated to be released in the spring
of 2015 and is directed by former Red Dead Redemption Lead Designer and Co-
writer, Christian Cantamessa.

Skybound released Kirkman's new exorcism comic, Outcast, in June 2014 which
recently got the green light for a television pilot with CINEMAX and Fox
International. The Skybound original title Clone, written by David Schulner, is
also in development as a television show at Syfy. Kirkman will serve as an
executive producer on both series.

Skybound Entertainment and digital entertainment company Maker Studios recently
announced a deal for the studio to produce and air four digital series based off
Skybound IPs.

Comic book titles published by Skybound include The Walking Dead, the superhero-
comic Invincible, all-ages comic Super Dinosaur, the revenge drama Dead Body
Road, and heist comic Thief of Thieves.

Skybound also creates a wide range of merchandise including apparel, board
games, and action figures.

For more information, please visit Skybound online at and


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