California, Los Angeles, May 4, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Riva Technology and Entertainment announced today that they have signed a trademark license agreement with legendary comic book series publisher Dark Horse. As part of the deal, RTE will produce several mobile games based on the hugely successful Umbrella Academy comics and the Netflix series.
RTE has made a number of acquisitions, partnerships and licensing agreements over the past several years, including a licensing agreement with MGA Entertainment earlier this month to produce and release mobile games based on their hit traits LOL Surprise! and rainbow high.
Earlier this year, RTE invested in several companies including SUB2r, which makes broadcast quality streaming video cameras, leading game maker Rogue Games, and OKLetsPlay, the leading platform for esports cash matches and tournaments. RTE also owns a majority stake in global game maker Firefly Games.
Dark Horse Comics was founded in 1986 with the aim of attracting the top talent in the industry through a business model that recognizes the rights of comic book creators. In the 35 years since Dark Horse Comics was founded, the company has grown to become the third largest comic book publisher in the United States and has built a steadily growing, enthusiastic fan base. In 1988, Dark Horse revolutionized comics based on popular films with the release of its hit series Aliens. Predator soon followed. The launch of Star Wars in 1990 cemented Dark Horse’s dominance in film-based comic series. While licensing projects have been around for decades, most publishers spent few resources on titles they didn’t own. Dark Horse took a different pace, planning storylines and using top talent to create series of comics, which were essentially sequels to popular films. This new approach had tremendous success, with sales of these popular titles running into the millions. Today Dark Horse is the recognized industry leader in this profitable publishing niche.
In 2007, Dark Horse released the Umbrella Academy comics, the story of a dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death and the threat of an impending apocalypse. A mix of dynamic storytelling by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and eye-catching artwork by Gabriel Bá made the book a hit with music and comic fans and won numerous awards over the course of two mini-series. When Dark Horse and Netflix merged in 2018, Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba met again to return their award-winning series Harvey, Eisner and YALSA, and the Umbrella Academy’s success really began to accelerate. The following year, the television series Umbrella Academy premiered on Netflix with worldwide acclaim. The first season was released on Netflix on February 15, 2019. In April 2019, Netflix reported that 45 million households had seen season one in the first month of its release, making it one of the most streamed series of the year.
RTE is very pleased to have acquired the trademark license from Dark Horse to further improve the series with the production of several mobile games from the Umbrella Academy.
Paul Roy, CEO and Founder of RTE, said: “We are very excited to bring The Umbrella Academy series, which is already popular around the world, to the gaming space and enable it to achieve even greater global success. We think this is an excellent advancement for Dark Horse comics and look forward to working with you on this journey. ”
“Working with IP and licensing experts Riva Technology and Entertainment will be mutually beneficial and a strategic move for Dark Horse that will give us access to part of the billion dollar gaming industry. We carefully select our partners based on their experience and industry impact, and RTE was the obvious choice for that, ”said Dark Horse Chairman Stanley Cheung.
“We are very much looking forward to our hugely successful The Umbrella Academy series transforming into its newest form in gaming,” added Mike Richardson, Founder and CEO of Dark Horse.
About Riva Technology and Entertainment:
RTE was founded in 2002 and is represented worldwide from the USA to East Asia. RTE has been successfully implementing tomorrow’s vision for almost 20 years. The RTE group of companies has an industry advantage in the ability to accompany every project from concept to execution. all housed under one roof. The complementary businesses include location-based entertainment, trademark and intellectual property licensing, content development, consumer products, games, and sports.
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