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Epic buys Fall Guys maker Tonic Games Group

Date Type Companies involved Size
March 3rd, 2021 acquisition Epic Games
Mediatonic Ltd
Tonic Games Group
Not disclosed
Epic buys Fall Guys maker Tonic Games Group

Fall Guys firm Tonic Games Group has been bought by Epic Games.

The news was broken by Bloomberg's Jason Schreier on Twitter ahead of an official announcement, but no figure has been placed on the deal just yet.

“At Tonic Games Group we often say that: ‘everyone deserves a game that feels like it was made for them,’," Tonic Games Group co-founder and CEO Dave Bailey (pictured) said.

"With Epic, we feel like we have found a home that was made for us. They share our mission to build and support games that have a positive impact, empower others and stand the test of time and we couldn’t be more excited to be joining forces with their team."

Fellow co-founder and chief games officer Paul Croft added: “Beyond the shared vision among our teams, we see tremendous potential in combining forces with Epic. Whether it’s about making our own games the best they can be or empowering other game developers to take their content from a kernel of an idea to commercial success, we know that together we will be able to reach greater heights.”

Meanwhile, Epic boss Tim Sweeney said that the acquisition was part of the Fortnite firm's mission to "build the metaverse," which is something Tonic Games Group is also into.

“As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who know how to build powerful games, content and experiences,” he said.

This comes in the wake of Tonic Games Group being formed by Mediatonic in June of last year as its new parent company. Fall Guys has sold more than 10 million copies on Steam alone, according to... engine maker Unity, which is the platform on which the game was made.

Back in 2019, Epic bought Rocket League maker Psyonix.


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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