Kepler Interactive, New "Super‑Developer" Group, Announces $120M Funding Round

[London, September 28, 2021] Today, Kepler Interactive raises the curtain on its ground-breaking model for the future of interactive entertainment: a major global publisher co‑owned and run by developers. Backed by a first financing round of $120M, the group is proud to introduce its seven founding members: A44, Alpha Channel, Awaceb, Ebb Software, Shapefarm, Sloclap, and Timberline.

Kepler Interactive offers a unique model whereby game studio founders become co‑owners, empowering them to make key strategic decisions, including the introduction of new members to the collective, whilst being directly rewarded for the financial success of the group. This creates the perfect environment for game developers to thrive, combining the benefits of full creative independence with resources and operational support that would otherwise only be accessible through full acquisitions.

With an executive team led by the founders of Kowloon Nights – an award-winning fund that redefined videogame financing, deploying over $100M to support independent developers on fair and sustainable terms – Kepler Interactive unifies the strength of multiple independent studios with a world-class operation, finance, and publishing arm, providing a range of services from marketing to commercial partnerships, and shared technology, all designed to support the studios’ visions.

"When we founded Kowloon Nights, our goal was to support the next generation of independent developers," said Alexis Garavaryan, CEO of Kepler Interactive. "The evolution of that work is now Kepler, which takes the developer‑first approach a major leap forward in terms of scale and empowerment."

With operational hubs in London and Singapore, the Kepler group now represents an international team of over 250 talents spanning 10 countries, working exclusively on original IP. The 2022 slate includes hotly anticipated titles such as Sloclap’s Sifu, Ebb Software’s Scorn, Awaceb’s Tchia, Alpha Channel’s Tankhead and an unannounced title by A44.

Beyond 2022 Kepler Interactive has ambitious plans for the future, and will continue its growth by welcoming more partner studios, and expanding into cross‑platform content production including film and other media.

"Kepler provides an environment where the teams feel safe, supported, and free to create amazing gaming experiences ‑ and that's the best way to make a hit game." said Pierre de Margerie, CEO of Sloclap.

"It’s an incredibly exciting time for developers right now," adds Lindsey Rostal, CEO of Timberline. "Not only are we building some of the most meaningful stories and IP in the world, but we also have united to push our own creative boundaries while having the stability we need. We have an exceptional group of founding studios, and we can’t wait to welcome more studios that share our values and vision."

For more information about Kepler, please contact: pr@kepler‑interactive.com