Telltale Games Gets Significant Investment from Lionsgate Movie Studio

by Kyle Hanson
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Telltale Games has been producing some of the most cinematic games of the last few years. This seems to have caught the attention of movie studio Lionsgate as it has just dropped a “significant investment” in the game development company. The details of the deal aren’t completely clear at this time, but presumably Lionsgate will be supplying Telltale Games with a large sum of cash, in exchange they will receive some piece of the company. One benefit for Lionsgate that was revealed is that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer will be joining the Telltale Board of Directors.

Telltale is one of the premier storytellers in the gaming world today

Aside from the assumed money involved in the deal, Telltale stands to benefit greatly from the partnership. As their games have become more popular, the indie developer has been thrust into a larger world. Lionsgate will provide Telltale with their “expertise in creating and marketing premium content.” The two companies will also have the opportunity to work together on future projects, which could result in some fantastic licensed properties getting the Telltale treatment.

Speaking about the collaboration, the two companies’ CEOs said: “Telltale is one of the premier storytellers in the gaming world today,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “Their leadership in narrative-driven episodic games, together with our investment and the potential opportunities created by our premium content expertise, will continue to strengthen their ability to offer exciting new avenues of storytelling to their next generation audiences across a broad range of platforms.”

“Lionsgate is one of the most innovative, entrepreneurial and impressive content companies in the world today” said Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner. “I’m delighted to welcome an experienced executive like Jon, a leader who shares our unique vision, to our Board. Lionsgate has a great track record in developing and marketing feature films as well as platform-defining premium scripted television. This partnership will accelerate Telltale’s ability to create not only original games, but episodic television series based on our game properties – an area at the cutting edge of industry growth.”

Telltale Games is currently working on the second episode of Tales from the Borderlands and the third episode of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series. The Walking Dead Season Three, Minecraft: Story Mode, and an original IP will follow.