3D Realms Acquired by SDN Invest

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In a press release sent to El33tonline, it’s been confirmed that investment firm SDN Invest, co-owner of Interceptor Entertainment (Rise of the Triad), has acquired Apogee Software Ltd., also known as 3D Realms, creator of Duke Nukem.

3D Realms Acquired by SDN Invest

Chairman of the Board at Interceptor, Mike Nielsen, has stepped up to become 3D Realms’ new CEO, who commented on the acquisition:

“3D Realms is legendary for its contributions to the gaming industry, as both the pioneer of the shareware model and an always generous partner who has provided both funding and guidance to game studios such as id Software, Parallax Software, Remedy Entertainment, and many others.

“3D Realms has also developed, co-developed, and co-financed such hits as Commander Keen, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein 3D, Rise of the Triad, Raptor, Shadow Warrior and Prey. There are only a handful of independent studios with a better track record of original games. Yet even with this stellar track record, we hope we can take the company to new heights.”

Co-founder of 3D Realms and videogame industry pioneer Scott Miller remarked:

“My long time partner George Broussard and I are extremely proud of our past, especially as developers who always tried to partner with up-and-coming studios who just needed their break. Our history shows we did that throughout the 1990s & 2000s, and I expect the new 3D Realms to continue with this tradition in full force.

“Our industry needs more good guys, who honor the profession and fellow hard-working developers.”

The press release makes it clear that Apogee Software Ltd. should not be confused with Apogee Software LLC, the publisher of Rise of the Triad. Co-founder and CCO of Apogee Software LLC, Terry Nagy, said in a statement to Polygon to clear up any confusion:

“Interceptor Entertainment has not acquired Apogee Software, LLC nor any of our IP including Rise of the Triad.”

In 2008, Nagy bought the rights to the Apogee name as well as franchises including Rise of the Triad – 2013’s Rise of the Triad remake was made in collaboration with Apogee Software LLC with Interceptor Entertainment on development duties. Apogee Software Ltd. (the company acquired by SDN Invest and founded by Scott Miller and George Broussard), meanwhile, trades under the name 3D Realms.

Gearbox Lawsuit

Interceptor Entertainment made headlines last month when the company began teasing the development of a new Duke Nukem game, a top-down arcade shooter called Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, which was due to be revealed in February – an announcement that Gearbox Software, as the rights holder to the Duke Nukem intellectual property, had something to say about.

On hearing about Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, Gearbox sent a cease and desist letter to 3D Realms and Interceptor to put an end to what the company deemed to be an unlawful use of its property – Gearbox had previously bought the Duke Nukem IP before finishing up work on the long-in-development Duke Nukem: Forever.

When Gearbox received an unsatisfactory reply from 3D Realms, the Borderlands developer brought an official lawsuit against the pair, seeking damages for trademark infringement, unfair competition, copyright infringement and breach of contract.

Interceptor CEO Frederik Schreiber told Polygon in relation to the lawsuit:

“We have acted in good faith and are working towards a resolution.”

With no resolution on the horizon, it’s still unclear how the acquisition of 3D Realms by SDN Invest will affect the unfolding lawsuit saga between Gearbox, 3D Realms and Interceptor, and whether or not the acquisition transfers 3D Realms’ limited rights to the Duke Nukem IP to Interceptor.

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