Pioneering Game Development Studio in Argentina acquires fellow development house to strengthen its position as the leading AAA game development studio in the region.
NGD Studios, the developer behind the recently released Master of Orion reboot, has acquired and merged operations with fellow Argentinean studio Red Katana. The acquisition will allow the studio to increase its capacity to tackle new projects and opportunities such as console development while improving its business and productive processes.
After a prolific decade as CEO that saw NGD go from a small indie team to a full-fledged AAA studio, Andres Chilkowski will be stepping down to take the role of Chief Creative Officer role, leveraging his knowledge and expertise to take the creative side of the company to new heights. He will remain as chairman in the company’s board of directors.
Martin Cao, former CEO of Red Katana and MBA, will replace him as the new CEO of NGD Studios, using his extensive managerial skills to grow the company and push it to the next level. Cesar Guarinoni (COO) and Javier Otaegui (CTO) will continue on their respective roles, completing a first class management team.
“Making videogames has become more competitive and challenging than ever, and the only way to succeed is by being the best in every area. By combining the strengths of both our companies, we are better prepared than ever to face the challenge”, said Martin Cao, newly appointed CEO of NGD Studios.
Chilkowski said the following about the acquisition: “We’ve known for a while that our studios shared the same values and complemented each other perfectly. Martin, has a great deal of experience in Management, Business and Marketing, while I have always been more focused in the Creative and Technical side of making games. As NGD grows in size and experience, we are uniquely positioned to become the number one development studio in Latin America.”
More information about the Studio’s future projects will be disclosed soon.
About NGD Studios
Founded in 2002, NGD Studios is one of the leading game development studios in Latin America. Their first major release, Champions of Regnum was the first commercial MMORPG made in the region. Their latest title is the reimagining of the classic strategy game Master of Orion, published by Wargaming under the WG Labs label.
About Red Katana
Founded in 2010 the Studio has been focused on developing and releasing its own IPs such as Brew Masters, Evil Fight Club and recently Fallen: A2P Protocol. Red Katana has experience developing titles for several platforms including PC, Mobile and Consoles. The Studio worked with important clients such as Cartoon Network, Newscorp, Antonio Banderas, Unicef and Pepsi among others.