Firewalk Studios, a ProbablyMonsters Studio, Reveals Publishing Partnership with Sony Interactive Leisure for AAA Multiplayer Recreation

BELLEVUE, Wash .– () –Probably monsters™ Inc., a new category of game company that is building sustainable game studios through a people-first culture, is proud to announce this Firewalk Studios™, an AAA studio focused on world-class multiplayer experiences, has signed an agreement with Sony Interactive Entertainment as the exclusive publishing partner for its first multiplayer game. This publishing partnership is the first to be announced for a member of the MaybeMonsters studio family.

Firewalk Studios was founded in 2018 and is managed by Tony Hsu (Studio Head, previously GM and SVP of Destiny at Activision), Ryan Ellis (Game Director, previously Creative Director at Bungie) and Elena Siegman (Executive Producer, previously at Harmonix, Irrational Games) headed and bungie). The team consists of a large number of highly talented developers who have helped deliver best-selling, culturally impactful titles, including the Destiny franchise, where all three leads successfully collaborated on both development and release, and Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Mass Effect and Halo. This accumulated expertise enables this team to focus on delivering a rich multiplayer gaming experience based on great core gameplay and inspired art. Firewalk continues Recruiting top talent for his team built on collaboration, inclusion and respect.

Chances are, Monsters CEO and Founder Harold Ryan is continuing his vision of building and maintaining a family of AAA game studios and original IP through a people-first culture. The company’s integrative approach has drawn high-level talent who have worked together on dozens of blockbuster franchises from over 60 large companies. The unique development model allows the studios to focus on creating games while the company’s business team focuses on mentoring, funding, release negotiation, staffing, administration and technology for each studio. Chances are, Monsters build game studios so they can focus on their team, culture, and games while enjoying a stable career and thriving as game developers. The Firewalk Studios are an example of how successful the groundbreaking model that probably built Monsters is: The studios enjoy the creative and financial freedom to turn their imaginations into extraordinary gaming experiences.

“It is likely that Monsters has put together an exceptional team with remarkable industry talent at Firewalk Studios, and their original multiplayer game will be an exciting addition to our portfolio,” said Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios, Sony Interactive Entertainment. “We are committed to bringing a wide range of different gaming experiences to our platform and are excited to be working with a visionary studio like Firewalk to bring their truly ambitious experiences to life.”

“I am proud of the sustainable model we have created for our AAA studios to grow and prosper,” said Harold Ryan, CEO and founder of MaybeMonsters. “Firewalk Studios’ strategic partnership with PlayStation fits in perfectly with the premier pedigree and creative vision of the studio.”

“At Firewalk Studios, our goal is to create great collaborative experiences through multiplayer games,” said Tony Hsu, studio head at Firewalk Studios. “That goal is supported by both the world-class operations team at MaybeMonsters and a team at SIE who love games and are great supporters of our project and studio.”

Likely, Monsters announced and encouraged the growth of three game studios across genres, including Firewalk Studios, Cauldron Studios, the development of an AAA narrative game, and a next-generation co-op RPG studio. More details on MaybeMonsters and its studio family will be revealed in the coming months. To learn more about Firewalk Studios, visit firewalkstudios.com.

You are likely to follow Monsters on Twitter at @prblyMONSTERS and connect on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/probablymonsters.

About likelyMonsters Inc.

Likely, Monsters, a new category of game company, was founded in 2016 by former Bungie President and CEO Harold Ryan. Monsters is likely building a family of sustainable game studios that create and launch original AAA games using a people-first culture. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, the company has a strong cast of seasoned, innovative game development executives with a proven track record of launching blockbuster projects. It is likely Monsters’ mission to unite, guide and empower talented game developers to create extraordinary interactive experiences. The company has built and nurtured the growth of three studios, each with a unique player focus. Firewalk Studios is making an original AAA multiplayer game published exclusively by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Cauldron Studios is making an original AAA storytelling game and the third studio is working on a next generation co-op RPG project. Monsters probably has over 200 employees and continues to grow sustainably. For more information, visit likelymonsters.com.

Via Firewalk Studios

The purpose and aim of Firewalk Studios is to provide epic gaming entertainment based on great gameplay and inspirational art that captures the excitement of playing together. Firewalk Studios was founded in 2018 as part of the MaybeMonsters studio family and is run by a team of seasoned developers who know and love multiplayer games. Their experienced management team has created some of the greatest game and movie entertainment that has drawn millions of dedicated fans. These titles include Call of Duty, Destiny, Apex Legends, Mass Effect, Overwatch, The Avengers, Pacific Rim, Inside Out, Up, and Cars 2 “. Firewalk Studios is building a world class, next generation game studio that people come to first. The studio is taking a more sustainable approach to game development: this goes hand in hand with setting a high quality bar and treating each other with trust and respect. For more information, visit firewalkstudios.com.

Via Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is recognized as the world’s leading provider of interactive and digital entertainment and is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and the family of products and services. SIE has innovated since the original PlayStation was launched in Japan in 1994. The PlayStation family of products and services includes PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation ™ Store, PlayStation®Plus and PlayStation ™ Video, PlayStation ™ Music, PlayStation ™ Now and acclaimed PlayStation software from PlayStation Studios. SIE is headquartered in San Mateo, California and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Group Corporation. The company has global functions in California, London and Tokyo.

JCDecaux is the one firm on the Media & Leisure panel to acquire an AAA rating within the 2020 Company Social Duty rankings of the MSCI extra-financial ranking company

JCDecaux is the only company in the Media & Entertainment body that has achieved an AAA value in the MSCI Agency’s Corporate Social Responsibility 2020 ranking for non-financial evaluations

Paris, March 3, 2021 – JCDecaux SA (Euronext Paris: DEC), the world’s leading out-of-home advertising company, announced that it was once again included in the corporate social responsibility list of the MSCI * (Morgan Stanley Capital International) rating agency, with the maximum AAA rating.

JCDecaux has been rated AAA since 2018 and is the only company on the Media & Entertainment body to receive the maximum rating from MSCI in 2020. The total number of points for the group was 6.7 / 10, which is 4.2 / 10, well above the industry average.

The MSCI rating agency therefore praises JCDecaux for its solid governance and effective strategy in managing ethical, social and environmental risks. In particular, the group achieved the maximum rating of the environmental performance in relation to the CO2 emissions policy of 10/10.

The continued inclusion of JCDecaux in this index confirms its expertise and resilience in relation to ESG practices, which were already recognized by two other non-financial rating agencies in 2020:

  • The Climate Change rating agency of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which recognized JCDecaux’s commitments, action plans and results in the fight against climate change by maintaining the “A Leadership” ranking for the second consecutive year.
  • The FTSE Russell, which has listed JCDecaux in its FTSE4Good index since 2014, gave the group a 4.6 / 5 rating in 2020, well above the sector’s average of 2.8 / 5.

Jean-Charles Decaux, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of JCDecaux, said: “After the announcement of our renewal in the non-financial FTSE4Good index in February 2021 with an overall improved performance of 4.6 / 5 and 5/5 in the environmental assessment criteria, JCDecaux is again recognized by the non-financial rating agency MSCI for its ESG performance in the year 2020. The recognition of our sustainability strategy by non-financial rating agencies shows the excellence of our environmental, social and governance practices as well as our ongoing commitment to ensuring transparency for our stakeholders. “

* Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) is one of the leading analysis and rating agencies for environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices in companies. It assesses the resilience of over 8,500 companies to long-term ESG risks and ranks them from AAA to CCC based on their exposure to the ESG risks specific to their sector and their ability to manage those risks compared to their peers. These assessments are used by over 1,400 investors worldwide in building and managing their asset portfolios.

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Communications department:: Agathe Albertini
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