3D Realms Gets New CEO
In gaming industry business news, it was announced today that Apogee Software Ltd. a.k.a. 3D Realms was acquired by Danish investment firm, SDN Invest.
For clarification, Apogee Software Ltd. should not be confused with Apogee Software, LLC and here is why. Apogee Software, Ltd. was started in 1987 and in 1994 established it’s 3D Realms brand name to publish 3D video games. In 1996, when 3D video games became the dominate force in the marketplace, Apogee dropped their name and became wholly known as 3D Realms, though legally the company’s name has always been Apogee Software Ltd. Then in July of 2008, 3D Realms announced they would be reviving their brand name of Apogee to develop and publish new games, as well as help distribute older game titles within their library. The Apogee name, library and logo were licensed to a new company called Apogee Software, LLC who published Rise of the Triad which was developed by Interceptor Entertainment in 2013.
According to the announcement, effective immediately the new CEO for 3D Realms will be Mike Nielsen who founded SDN Invest and is also Chairman of the Board at Interceptor Entertainment.
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 been involved in one way or another, be it as developer, co-developer or co-financier with such hits as Commander Keen, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein 3D, Rise of the Triad, Raptor, Shadow Warrior and Prey. With an impressive track record such as this, Nielsen says he has high hopes for the future of 3D Realms.
Frederik Schreiber, CEO of Interceptor Entertainment added that they are extremely excited to have 3D Realms under the same parent company because “3D Realms has always been a defining part of the PC games industry”, he says.
Scott Miller, co-founder of 3D Realms along with George Broussard commented that they “always tried to partner with up-and-coming studios who just needed their break” and went on to say he expects the new 3D Realms to continue with this tradition.
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– Scott Miller