STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (June 30, 2016) Starbreeze AB, an independent creator publisher and distributor of high quality entertainment products, today announced its acquisition of the French toys to life, VR and augmented reality tech company ePawn for a total consideration of 4 MEUR (approximately 37.8 MSEK) in Starbreeze B-shares and 1.5 MEUR (approximately 14.2 MSEK) in cash.
To complete the deal, the Board resolved to issue 1 901 656 B-shares under its mandate from the AGM, based on a market share price determined at SEK 19.90 and an exchange rate of 9.461. The issue represents 0.7% of the capital and 0.2% of the votes on a fully diluted basis.
“With ePawn, we will significantly diversify our virtual reality and toys-to-life offerings, as well as speed up the development of existing internal projects already in the works,” said Bo Andersson Klint, Starbreeze CEO. “The ePawn team has already innovated and productified their technologies and we acquire not only many good ways of applying them, but also a solid portfolio of patents that will benefit Starbreeze for many years to come.”
ePawn is a next generation VR and toys-to-life company merging real life gaming experiences with their digital counter part through its gaming boards and mats in table and room scale sizes. ePawn’s patented technology captures everything that happens on the game board and feeds digital applications with information. Up to 40 objects equipped with off-the-shelf NFC (Near Field Communication) tags can simultaneously be put into play on a game board and ePawn’s technology will calculate their position, orientation and altitude in real-time and at the millimeter level. ePawn has developed several versions of its technology to fit many gaming-related markets, such as video games, toys, board games and greatly enchanted augmented reality support between for example a toy and a mobile device.
Virtual reality applications include large and flexible flooring tiles that can be assembled to equip spaces with a solution for affordable positioning system capable of tracking several people in a room.