Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced today it intends to acquire Scaleform Corporation, a privately held user interface (UI) tools and middleware company, for approximately $36 million in cash. Scaleform’s leading technology has been licensed in the development of at least 800 games across major hardware platforms: PCs, Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3 (PS3), Sony Playstation Portable (PSP), and Nintendo Wii. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and expected to close in Autodesk’s first quarter of fiscal 2012 (which ends on April 30, 2011).
Scaleform’s flagship product, Scaleform GFx, allows development teams to more quickly and easily author game UIs and interactive 3D experiences using popular design tools: Adobe Flash and Adobe Creative Suite software. Scaleform GFx helps developers take advantage of the 3D hardware acceleration capabilities of modern systems to create cinematic quality menus, in-game heads up displays (HUDs), animated textures, mini-games, and even mobile games and applications.
“The Scaleform acquisition will further Autodesk’s ability to provide customers with more complete workflows to more rapidly develop immersive 3D and casual game experiences,” said Marc Stevens, Vice President, Games, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. “The Scaleform team will bring a wealth of expertise in creating highly optimized runtime solutions for PCs, consoles and mobile devices. We expect the integration of Scaleform to allow us to innovate faster and help further improve the game creation process for online, console, and mobile development.”
Autodesk is a leading provider of 3D content creation tools to the games industry. Autodesk is adding to its games portfolio in response to a growing industry need for more efficient, integrated content creation solutions.
“Our combined technologies will not only provide game developers with an improved authoring environment and runtime solution, but will also apply to the broader interactive entertainment industry ranging from film to mobile to the web” said Brendan Iribe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scaleform. “We will finally realize our long standing vision of integrating 2D and 3D authoring technology while continuing our commitment to deliver leading-edge real-time graphics solutions to our customers.”
As part of the acquisition, Brendan Iribe, along with Scaleform’s Chief Technology Officer, Michael Antonov, and Chief Operating Officer, Marc Bennett, will join the leadership team in Autodesk Media & Entertainment. Scaleform offices will remain in Greenbelt, Maryland.
This transaction is expected to have no impact on previously issued guidance.
For more information please visit www.autodesk.com/scaleform
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About Scaleform Corporation
Scaleform is a leading provider of user interface software for the videogame industry. Scaleform GFx enables developers to leverage the power of the Adobe Flash tool set and to streamline the creation of highly immersive user interface elements: hardware-accelerated 3D game menus, HUDs, animated textures, in-game videos and mini-games. Used across major platforms in at least 800+ games ranging from AAA to casual titles, the artist-driven Scaleform GFx has grown to include a Flash UI toolkit and framework, memory and performance analyzers, and add-ons for Flash video and IME for Asian chat. For more information, visit www.scaleform.com.
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