Fishlabs

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Deep Silver Fishlabs
Division
IndustryVideo games
Founded2004; 16 years ago (2004)
Founders
  • Michael Schade
  • Christian Lohr
Headquarters,
Germany
ProductsGalaxy on Fire
Number of employees
80 (2020)
ParentDeep Silver (2013–present)
Websitedsfishlabs.com

Deep Silver Fishlabs (formerly Fishlabs Entertainment GmbH) is a German video game developer based in Hamburg. Founded in 2004 by Michael Schade and Christian Lohr, the studio is best known for its Galaxy on Fire series.[1] Following a brief bankruptcy proceeding, Fishlabs was acquired by Koch Media and reorganised as part of their game publishing label Deep Silver.

History[edit]

Fishlabs was founded in 2004 by Michael Schade and Christian Lohr, incorporated under the name Fishlabs Entertainment GmbH.[2] That same year, the company received a round of financing, which allowed them to pay for development expenses for several years while generating revenue from their releases.[3] The company had also planned a series B round in May 2010, as they announced that would be moving into the massively multiplayer online games market.[4] By mid-2013, Fishlabs had run out of money; in October, 25 jobs were cut before the company went into self-administration.[3] On 2 December, media company Koch Media announced that they had acquired Fishlabs, which would henceforth operate as the dedicated mobile studio for their game publishing label, Deep Silver.[2] As the agreement was an asset deal, all of Fishlab's assets, including 52 employees, were transferred to Koch Media and incorporated in a new division of that company, called Deep Silver Fishlabs.[2][3] The company's former legal entity, Fishlabs Entertainment GmbH, was to be dissolved, and both founders left the company.[2][3] As result of the change in ownership, and the associated financial stability, Fishlabs also moved into video game publishing.[3]

Fishlabs employed 67 people in August 2019,[5] and 80 in January 2020.[6]

List of video games[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
2009 Galaxy on Fire iOS
Powerboat Challenge
Rally Master Pro
2010 Galaxy on Fire 2
2011 Android, Macintosh
Snowboard Hero iOS
2013 Galaxy on Fire: Alliances
2014 Secret Files: Sam Peters
Secret Files: Tunguska Android, iOS
2015 Galaxy on Fire: Manticore Rising TvOS
Lost Horizon Android, iOS
Secret Files: Sam Peters Android
2016 Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore iOS
Sacred Legends Android, iOS
The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça & Pizza Boy
2017 Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore Android
Galaxy on Fire: Alliances
2018 Dead Island: Survivors Android, iOS
Manticore: Galaxy on Fire Nintendo Switch
2019 Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package
2020 Saints Row IV: Re-Elected
2021 Chorus Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X

References[edit]

  1. ^ Etherington, Darrell (11 February 2013). "Galaxy On Fire Space Sim MMO For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Coming In Q3 2013". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 3 February 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Corriea, Alexa Ray (2 December 2013). "Galaxy on Fire developer Fishlabs purchased by Koch Media". Polygon. Archived from the original on 3 February 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Chapple, Craig (14 May 2014). "'It was the hardest time we've ever gone through': How Fishlabs came back from the brink". MCV. Archived from the original on 9 February 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  4. ^ vaughn597 (12 May 2010). "Next10: Fishlabs to move into mobile MMOGs, Series B round planned". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 16 February 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  5. ^ Wingefors, Lars (27 August 2019). "THQ Nordic Annual Report 2018/19" (PDF). Cision. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  6. ^ Fröhlich, Petra (10 January 2020). "Die größten Spiele-Entwickler in Deutschland 2020" [The largest game developers in Germany 2020]. GamesWirtschaft (in German). Archived from the original on 10 January 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.

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