Milestone srl

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Milestone srl
Formerly
Graffiti (1994–1996)
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded1994; 25 years ago (1994)
FounderAntonio Farina
Headquarters,
Italy
Key people
Luisa Bixio (CEO)
Number of employees
≈200 (2019)
Parent
Websitemilestone.it

Milestone srl is an Italian video game developer based in Milan that focuses on racing games. It was founded by Antonio Farina in 1994, originally under the name Graffiti, before becoming Milestone in 1996. Milestone was part of Leader Group between 2002 and 2011, and in August 2019, the studio was acquired by Koch Media.

History[edit]

Milestone was founded under the name Graffiti in 1994 by Antonio Farina.[1][2] Under the continued leadership of Farina, Graffiti was re-founded as Milestone in 1996.[3][4] In late 2002, Milestone became part of the Leader Group, a multi-facet video game company.[1][3] Through this transition, Milestone became exclusively affiliated with Leader Group's internal publisher Lago.[3] However, the studio later started co-operating with third-party publishers again as it considered such a move to be in the best interest of all involved parties.[3] Their position as subsidiary also allowed them to grow and develop multiple games for multiple platform simulatneously; by October 2007, the studio had 55 employees.[3] By January 2010, Milestone had 80 employees, making it the largest video game developer in Italy.[5]

In 2011, Milestone was restructured as an independent company, aiming for further growth while remaining self-reliant.[6] Following low earnings of 2.6 million in 2021, Milestone ceased developing games on a work-for-hire basis and began publishing its games by itself.[4][6] As a result of this strategy, the company's profits rose to €28 million by 2017.[6] On August 14, 2019, media company Koch Media entered into an agreement to fully acquire Milestone and all of its intellectual property for €44.9 million paid in cash.[2][4] The acquisition was completed later that day.[7] Prior to this point, Milestone had been wholly owned by its chief executive officer, Luisa Bixio, who continued heading the company following the acquisition.[4] It became a studio for Koch Media's Deep Silver label.[8] At the time, Milestone employed 200 people.[2]

Games developed[edit]

As Graffiti[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
1994 Super Loopz Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1995 Iron Assault MS-DOS
Screamer MS-DOS

As Milestone[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
1996 Screamer 2 MS-DOS
1997 Screamer Rally MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows
1999 Superbike World Championship Microsoft Windows
2000 Superbike 2000 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation
Superbike 2001 Microsoft Windows
2003 Racing Evoluzione Xbox
L'eredità Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
2005 Alfa Romeo Racing Italiano Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
The X Factor Sing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
2006 Australian Idol Sing PlayStation 2
Corvette Evolution GT Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
Super-Bikes: Riding Challenge Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
Suzuki Super-Bikes II: Riding Challenge Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2
2007 MotoGP 07 PlayStation 2
SBK-07: Superbike World Championship Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
Super PickUps Wii, PlayStation 2
2008 MotoGP 08 Wii, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
SBK-08: Superbike World Championship Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360
2009 SBK-09: Superbike World Championship Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360
Superstars V8 Racing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2010 SBK X: Superbike World Championship Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Superstars V8 Next Challenge Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
WRC: FIA World Rally Championship Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS
2011 SBK 2011 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
WRC 2 FIA World Rally Championship Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 MUD FIM Motocross World Championship Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360
SBK Generations Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
WRC: The Game iOS
WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360
2013 MotoGP 13 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360
WRC 4 FIA World Rally Championship Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360
WRC Powerslide Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
WRC Shakedown Edition iOS
2014 MXGP The Official Motocross Videogame Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360
MotoGP 14 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360
2015 Ride Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
MotoGP 15 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2016 Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
MXGP2 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Valentino Rossi: The Game Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Ducati: 90th Anniversary Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Ride 2 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2017 MXGP3 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
MotoGP 17 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2018 Gravel Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Monster Energy Supercross Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
MotoGP 18 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
MXGP Pro Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Ride 3 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2019 Monster Energy Supercross 2 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
MotoGP 19 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
MXGP 2019 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Cancelled titles[edit]

Title Platform(s)
FX Racing GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
Lamborghini FX Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
SBK-07: Superbike World Championship Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
SBK-08: Superbike World Championship Nintendo DS, Wii

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Timeline". Milestone.
  2. ^ a b c Blake, Vikki (14 August 2019). "Koch Media to acquire Milestone and all IPs, including MotoGP and Supercross". MCV.
  3. ^ a b c d e MCV Staff (9 October 2007). "Milestone". MCV.
  4. ^ a b c d Romano, Sal (14 August 2019). "THQ Nordic acquires Milestone S.r.l". Gematsu.
  5. ^ "Intervista a Luisa Bixio – Amministratore Delegato Leader" [Interview with Luisa Bixio – Chief Executive Officer Leader]. Associazione Editori Sviluppatori Videogiochi Italiani (in Italian). 11 January 2010.
  6. ^ a b c Handrahan, Matthew (26 October 2017). "Milestone races towards its biggest ever year". GamesIndustry.biz.
  7. ^ Wingefors, Lars (14 August 2019). "THQ Nordic completes the acquisition of Milestone". Cision.
  8. ^ Wingefors, Lars (27 August 2019). "THQ Nordic Annual Report 2018/19" (PDF). Cision.

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