Koch Media

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Koch Media GmbH
Type Private
Industry Interactive entertainment
Founded 1994
Headquarters Planegg, Munich, Germany
Key people Klemens Kundratitz - CEO Stefan Kapelari - Chairman
Revenue Increase€ 337 million (2009)
Employees 300+ (2008)
Website Koch Media official website
Deep Silver official website

Koch Media GmbH is a German media enterprise started in 1994 by Franz Koch and Dr. Klemens Kundratitz.[1] Koch Media is headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

The Koch Media group produces, markets and distributes digital entertainment products and accessories in Europe and North America. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, videogames and software products, and video games publishing under the Deep Silver label.

Koch Media has subsidiaries in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.[2]

History[edit]

The history of Koch Media includes the following milestones:[3]

  • 1994: Formation of Koch Media Germany and Austria, and of Koch Media Ltd. England by Franz Koch and Klemens Kundratitz.
  • 1994: Beginning of publishing activities.
  • 1995: Koch Media sells its first application software; more than 250,000 copies.
  • 1996: Entrance into the games market.
  • 1998: Formation of Koch Media AG in Switzerland.
  • 2000: Formation of Koch Media Holding, uniting all business areas.
  • 2000: Formation of Koch Media srl in Italy.
  • 2000: Koch Media launches the first game that sells more than 1 million units (UK).
  • 2002: Koch Media founds the games label Deep Silver.
  • 2003: Koch Media enters the new business field movies.
  • 2004: The Koch Media group's turnover surpasses 100 million Euros for the first time.
  • 2005: Acquisition of French company SG Diffusion and conversion into Koch Media SAS in Paris, France, as of 01/01/2006.
  • 2006: The Koch Media group's turnover surpasses 200 million Euros for the first time.
  • 2006: Formation of Koch Media Licensing GmbH. The subsidiary focuses on retail and marketing of movie licenses, as well as distribution in the TV market.
  • 2006: Koch Media appointed as Nintendo's preferred distribution partner in the UK.
  • 2007: Koch Media brings a movie to German cinemas for the first time.
  • 2007: To date, 1 million copies of the successful series The King of Queens have been sold on DVD and Blu-ray in the German-speaking territory.
  • 2008: In April, Koch Media opens the North American branch Deep Silver, Inc.
  • 2008: In July, Koch Media takes over the Spanish distribution company PROEIN S.L., which operates under the name of Koch Media S.L.U. as from 2009.
  • 2009: Formation of branches in Scandinavia and Benelux.
  • 2009: The Koch Media group's turnover surpasses 300 million Euros for the first time.
  • 2009: Koch Media launches movie activities in Italy.
  • 2010: Koch Media distributes F1 2010 and heads the weekly charts in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
  • 2011: Koch Media launches movie activities in the United Kingdom.
  • 2011: Under its publishing label Deep Silver Koch Media scores its first number 1 hit with the game Dead Island.[4]
  • 2013: Koch Media purchases Saints Row developer Volition as well as the publishing rights to the Metro franchise under its publishing label Deep Silver. [5]
  • 2014: Koch Media acquires Homefront IP from Crytek.

Deep Silver[edit]

Main article: Deep Silver

Deep Silver is Koch Media's video game label. Founded in 2002, it has published and co-published some major titles.[3] Deep Silver has released more than two hundred games since 2003.[6]

In 2013, Deep Silver attracted strong criticism for marketing the game Dead Island: Riptide with a statuette of a mutilated female torso, and for continuing to sell the statuette after initially apologizing for it.[7]

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