Understanding Koch Media, the company that now owns the Saints Row and Metro franchises

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Earlier today, the results of THQ’s company-wide auction was revealed. We learned Relic Entertainment was purchased by Sega, Crytek bought the Homefront license and Ubisoft bought THQ Montreal and publishing rights to South Park: The Stick of Truth. Volition, along with rights to Saints Row and the Metro franchises, was sold to Koch Media. Every company I just named sounds familiar except for Koch Media. So what is this company? Believe it or not, you’ve been familiar with Koch Media for quite some time.

Koch Media has been a video game publisher since 2002, but we’ve known them under the name Deep Silver. This is the same Deep Silver that published games from the the Dead Island, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Risen and Sacred franchises. Koch Media is also involved in publishing films in Germany and it distributes digital media content in Europe. This is a company that does much more than publish video games. Koch Media has offices in several countries around the world. With a business that big, it’s no surprise that the company bid $22,312,925 for Volition. The next highest bid from Ubisoft came in at $5.4 million.

In December, Koch Media obtained a minority stake in Infernum Productions, a German developer and publisher of free-to-play games such as Dragon’s Prophet and Brick-Force.

So there you have it – a little information on the company that will carry Saints Row and Metro into the future. Do you think they’re up for it?

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