CARY – Epic Games made an investment in Brazil-based Aquiris game studio a year ago and on Wednesday announced it had acquired the privately held firm. The mission: “create groundbreaking content and social experiences within Fortnite.”
Epic is renaming Aquiris as Epic Games Brasil, thus also establishing its first studio in Latin America. Epic – creator of megahit Fortnite and developer of popular game engine Unreal – operates several different studios across the globe, including Germany, Japan, Poland and South Korea. The acquisition is the latest in a series of deals such as Bandcamp that have added technology as well as content.
The deal follows at least three other investments made in gaming and technology firms in 2022.
Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
“We’ve seen firsthand the impressive talents of the Aquiris team in creating innovative games that draw global appeal and we are excited to welcome them to Epic Games,” said Alain Tascan, executive vice president of Game Development at Epic Games, in the announcement. “With the creation of Epic Games Brasil, we look forward to tapping into the immense talent the region has to offer and establishing our presence in Latin America.”
Aquiris launched in 2007.
“Joining Epic Games builds on our successes in creating memorable games including Wonderbox, Horizon Chase 2 and Looney Tunes World of Mayhem, which we will continue to operate. We are delighted to leverage our experience using Unreal Engine on game development to contribute to the future of Fortnite,” said Mauricio Longoni, the CEO of Aquiris. He will remain with Epic as studio director of Epic Games Brasil. “Aquiris has been on the forefront of game development in Brazil and Latin America, and becoming part of Epic Games will spotlight our region’s developers for the entire industry.”
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