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JoWooD Entertainment AG

Moby ID: 1546

  • JoWooD Productions Software AG (from 2000 to 2009-10)
  • JoWooD Productions Software GmbH (from 1995 to 2000)

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JoWooD Entertainment AG was a publishing and production company. It was founded in 1995 in Austria by Andreas Tobler and Johann Schilcher as JoWooD Productions Software GmbH with the headquarters in the city of Lietzen. In October 2010 the headquarters were moved to Vienna.

It operated three divisions; Pinnacle Interactive, JoWooD Studios and Digital Media Limited and owned five subsidiaries; DreamCatcher Interactive, JoWooD Distribution Services, JoWooD Deutschland, JoWooD Iberica and Quantic Lab.

JoWood also had its own development studios JoWood Vienna and JoWood Ebensee, as well as a further group of outstanding studios in Germany: Wings Simulations, NEON Software and Massive Development.

In 2000, the main company was renamed JoWooD Productions Software AG. In October 2009, the name was changed to JoWooD Entertainment AG.

JoWooD filed for insolvency on 7 January 2011 and prepared for a procedure of capital reorganization. On 21 April 2011, the company announced that the application for a recapitalization plan was withdrawn and it faced bankruptcy proceedings. The assets of the company were bought in June 2011 by Wingefors Invest through its subsidiary GO Game Outlet AB as well as its subsidiary Quantic Lab. On 16 August 2011, Nordic Games Holding (associated with Game Outlet) announced to have taken over JoWooD along with all brands, products, and some subsidiaries, including The Adventure Company. The name JoWooD briefly survived as a publishing brand for Nordic Games, but was eventually retired fully.

Credited on 154 Games from 1997 to 2011

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ArcaniA: Fall of Setarrif (2011 on Windows)
Painkiller: Redemption (2011 on Windows)
Playmobil Top Agents (2010 on Nintendo DS)
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 (2010 on Windows, Xbox 360)
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 (Collector's Edition) (2010 on Windows, Xbox 360)
Playmobil 4 in 1 (2010 on Windows)
The Guild 2: Renaissance (2010 on Windows)
Legend of Kay (2010 on Nintendo DS)
AquaNox Collection (2010 on Windows)
Europe 1400 (2009 on Browser)
Painkiller: Resurrection (2009 on Windows)
Torchlight (2009 on Linux, Windows, Xbox 360...)
Neighbours from Hell (2009 on Nintendo DS)
Gothic 3: Gold Edition (2008 on Windows)
Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods (2008 on Windows)
The Guild 2: Venice (2008 on Windows)
The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft (2008 on Windows, Wii)
Painkiller Triple Dose (2008 on Windows)
Seven Kingdoms: Conquest (2008 on Windows)
The Golden Horde (2008 on Windows)

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History +

August 21st, 2007

JoWood signs a 5-year deal with Simon & Schuster giving them license to develop games based on The Hardy Boys series of children's books.

March 1st, 2007

JoWood Productions announces the formation of the JoWood Group which includes labels: JoWood, The Adventure Company, DreamCatcher, Silverline Software (previously DreamCatcher's US Budget Label) and G-Stars

December 6th, 2006

The company launches the budget label G-Stars for PC, PS2 and DS games.

November 3rd, 2006

The company announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Canadian based video games publisher, DreamCatcher Interactive Inc.

July 15th, 2005

Company finalizes distribution agreements for various markets, including France (with Koch Media GmbH), Poland (with CD Projekt), Hungary and Slovakia (with the SeVeN M Group), and South Africa (with World Wide Entertainment (Pty) Ltd.)

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Trivia +

The name JoWooD was ever since an inside joke by founder and long serving JoWooD Ebensee studio lead Hans Schilcher. It was never revealed where the name comes from and according to Mr. Schilcher himself there are just two people in the world who know where the name comes from.

Location in 2007:

JoWooD Productions Software AG

Pyhrnstraße 40

A-8940 Liezen

Website: www.jowood.com


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