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The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/5/2012 4:07:47 PM   
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The Slitherine Group, world leaders in development and publishing of strategy games, and Ageod, Developer and Publisher of many strategy blockbusters are joining forces. This means that Slitherine, Matrix and Ageod, the three major players in the digital strategy and wargaming market, are now merged. The Group’s aim is to continue to expand this increasingly vibrant niche sector, not only through the variety and number of releases, but also by taking its titles to the new platforms on offer.

Throughout 2012 the Slitherine Group released 30 titles on a range of platforms including PC, MAC, PS3, X360 and the new tablet platforms. The Group has achieved double digit growth in turnover and has hit the strategy games headlines with a number of very important launches, such as Battle Academy on iPad, Commander- The Great War and Close Combat: Panthers in the Fog for PC. This move is the next milestone for the group, which since its merger with Matrix Games in 2010 has undoubtedly become the world leaders in the strategy games market. The merger with Ageod will further consolidate this position.

"We always keep an eye on opportunities to improve and increase our reach to real gamers", said JD McNeil, Chairman of the Slitherine Group. "Ageod’s core values have always been close to our own and this merger just seemed such a natural step for us all. Together the three companies in the Group are much stronger, we are now able to share resources, ideas and plans for the new generation of titles that our audience is crying out for. I am sure our fans will be just as excited by this news as we are".

The new Ageod will have the primary task of developing the AGE engine and expanding its capabilities to embrace new opportunities, not only in terms of the number and quality of releases, but also in respect of the platforms we will be working on.

"Ageod has a large community of loyal fans and we have continued to expand this over the years by making our players a part of the development process", said Philippe Thibaut, co-founder of Ageod. "With the Slitherine Group we now have access to secure funding and an even bigger community of strategy gamers, so we will be able to create bigger and better games, on a variety of platforms".

AGEOD will continue to operate its current forums and sell its catalogue of games from its existing website. In future it will also utilize the Group’s standard copy protection methods and e-commerce systems operated by Plimus. This will also enable customers to purchase a full boxed version of their favorite titles direct from the site.


< Message edited by Scott Parrino -- 12/5/2012 5:44:05 PM >


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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/5/2012 4:14:41 PM   
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AGEOD, Matrix and Slitherine merged! - A message to the players

Dear players,
Christmas is always a season full of gifts and surprises, plus there is this story about a newborn child, right? As such, we are pleased to announce two big news to you!

AGEOD has been reborn! The new AGEOD consists of the existing team (Philippe Thibaut aka PhilThib, Philippe Malacher aka Pocus, Fernando Turi aka Generalisimo and Gilles Pfeiffer aka the Dark Pepper), and is merging with Slitherine and Matrix!

Yes, you heard it, we have managed to form this triangle of wargaming expertise. Each entity will maintain its own identity, with the specific touch of each studio staying as the directing line for their new games. Basically it means that the AGEOD team will work on the AGE Engine, as before (one more turn syndrome? yes please!).


What does it changes for you? Only for the best. The AGEOD Forum stays the same, you can still buy our games at our webshop. You are still encouraged to mod our games, or even contact us if you think a project of yours would be a great game project. But there is more, with Matrix now a partner, we will be able to supply a full boxed copy of all our games. With the additional resources that the merger provides we have over 250 years of experience developing strategy games. This will allow us to share knowledge and technology to go on creating great games. In future the plan is to incorporate the Matrix system to allow unlimited downloads and installs as often as you like

Oh, I almost forgot something that might be of interest to you. Our next game, due in 2013 is Ageod American Civil War 2. I'm sure you'll want to know more about it, so don't hesitate to fire your questions. Smoothbore or rifled, as you prefer



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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/5/2012 7:06:10 PM   
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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/5/2012 7:55:33 PM   
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Good luck with your merger

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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/5/2012 10:03:00 PM   
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Good luck.

So are you now called SAM?

It's alittle confusing with the three separate names and would be cool if you gave us a company heading name for when we reference you in forums. At the minute we have to now type Slitherine\Matrix\AGEOD...bit of a mouthful.

I also think really all forums at some point should be merged..still have three separate sections in the forum but just have one forum. As we are all now one big community it just seems odd it's now separated across three forums..

I presume the benefit is to make you into a financially strong company.



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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/6/2012 3:54:49 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: wodin

Good luck.

So are you now called SAM?

It's alittle confusing with the three separate names and would be cool if you gave us a company heading name for when we reference you in forums. At the minute we have to now type Slitherine\Matrix\AGEOD...bit of a mouthful.



They could be renamed Slimatrod...

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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/6/2012 5:18:22 AM   
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Great News! I'm so glad to see this happen :) I'm a big fan of AGEOD and own nearly all of their games. I think Rise of Prussia is the only one I don't have in my collection.

I would like to see all the forums merged though.

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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/6/2012 6:59:09 AM   
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Forum merging is not the current plan, each community has its identity and many people like to consider a particular forum as their 'home', where they go everyday to chat with friends...
Thanks for your trust in us anyway

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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/6/2012 10:38:16 AM   
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The official name is the "Slitherine Group" if that makes things simpler!

Forum merging is probably not going to happen but what we would like to do is have a form of universal login so you can have the same username & password on all forums. Its a huge job but we have done some planning on it to work out how it might work.

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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/6/2012 10:15:49 PM   
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Excellent news. Best wishes for the future.

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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/7/2012 2:50:48 PM   
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Good news.

I am, however, always worried by mergers, particulary after what happened to more mainstream games when individual studios were slowly absorbed by a few big ones.

As long as developers working for Slitherine, developers working for Matrix and AGEOD all continue to have the opportunity and the freedom to make their own wargames without too much outside pressure, things should be fine.

Diversity inspires creativity, after all.

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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/7/2012 5:49:20 PM   
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Iain, I love the idea of a universal login scheme.

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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/7/2012 9:42:40 PM   
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I also get a little nervous over mergers, thinking back to what happened to Talonsoft, and so on. But the Matrix/Slitherine merger seems to be going pretty well...So what's adding one more to the batch?
I also like the idea of universal login. This could be accomplished fairly easily by using open authentication mechanisms like Facebook/Google.
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RE: The Slitherine Group and Ageod Join Forces - 12/27/2012 10:45:09 AM   
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At least,log-in system should get annoying SECURE IMAGE off.

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