[From the industry] Koch Media acquires game merchandise specialists

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Koch Media GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of Embracer Group AB, is today announcing the acquisition and purchase of all relevant assets of the US custom merchandise specialists ‘Development Plus Inc.’ and ‘DPI Logistics LLC.’

Formed in 2003, DPI gained extensive experience in the video game and entertainment industries, with their unique style of physical and digital creativity, with the designing and manufacturing of Collector’s Editions for publisher/retailers.

Its second area of expertise lies in the full creation and running of official e-commerce gear stores for publishing partners; from concept design, building the webstore, product manufacturing, marketing, fulfillment and customer service. DPI, based in Colorado & Oregon with its team of 40 strengthen Koch Media’s presence in the US and within the field of merchandise.

“We have worked closely with DPI over many years and have been impressed about their design and manufacturing experience of game merchandise and collectible items, as well as their success with official E-Commerce stores of game publishers.” said Klemens Kundratitz, Co-founder and CEO of Koch Media. “By bringing DPI into our group we believe we can help them in developing their business to new heights.”

“This purchase helps increase our visibility and activity in America whilst strengthening our offering in the field of the game merchandise business in Europe for our own portfolio, and importantly for other Embracer companies and games partners within the industry,” added Dr. Kundratitz

These sentiments were echoed by the team at DPI: “This is an exciting day; being part of Koch Media gives us the opportunity to continue what we do best, within a larger vibrant group,” says Angela McReynolds, President of DPI.

Moving forward DPI will be operating as part of the Koch Media Group under the newly formed DPI Merchandising Inc.

About Richie Shoemaker

Prior to taking the editorial helm of MCV/DEVELOP Richie spent 20 years shovelling word-coal into the engines of numerous gaming magazines and websites, many of which are now lost beneath the churning waves of progress. If not already obvious, he is partial to the odd nautical metaphor.

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