TT Games Limited is a British holding company and a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The company was established in 2005 through the merger of developer Traveller's Tales and publisher Giant Interactive (now TT Games Publishing). Its other branches include developer TT Fusion, animation studio TT Animation and mobile game studios Playdemic and TT Odyssey. The company is known for its video games based on the Lego construction toy.
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In 2003, The Lego Group's video game division, Lego Interactive, commenced plans to develop Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, based on the company's licensed Lego Star Wars toy sets. They contracted Traveller's Tales to develop the game, though Lego soon stepped out of the video game industry. Tom Stone and Jonathan Smith of Lego Interactive's senior management formed Giant Interactive, gaining the exclusive licence for Lego video games. As work progressed, Traveller's Tales manager Jon Burton recognised the potential of the game and the Lego licence, and how effectively the two companies worked together. Lego Star Wars was released in 2005 to positive reviews and strong sales, wherefore Traveller's Tales acquired Giant Interactive in April, forming TT Games.
TT Games continued to produce Lego games to considerable success; Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy received several awards and nominations in 2006, including the Best Gameplay Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' 3rd British Academy Games Awards. In 2007, under advise from Farleys Solicitors, TT Games acquired developer Embryonic Studios and motion capture studio Centroid, which became TT Fusion and TT Centroid, respectively. On 8 November 2007, TT Games was acquired by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and became part of its video game division, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. For Burton's share, which amounted to an ownership of 80% in TT Games, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment paid roughly GB£100 million (US$210 million).
TT Games PublishingEdit
TT Games Publishing was founded as Giant Interactive Entertainment in 2004 by managing director Tom Stone and head of production Jonathan Smith. Both Stone and Smith were formerly in the senior management of Lego Interactive, the video game division of The Lego Group, before that company closed. Giant Interactive took over the publishing duties for Traveller's Tales' Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, which were formerly handled by Lego Interactive, and became the exclusive licencee for Lego video games. Giant Interactive was acquired by Traveller's Tales in April 2005, and the two companies created TT Games. As a result, Giant Interactive became TT Games Publishing. TT Games Publishing is based in Maidenhead, England.
TT Fusion was founded as Embryonic Studios by Nick Elms, the co-founder of Warthog and Digital Anvil, in 2005. TT Games announced the acquisition of the studio on 4 January 2007, at which point Embryonic employed 20 people in its offices in Bollington. The deal was overseen by Farleys Solicitors, and the studio was renamed TT Fusion. TT Fusion is based in Wilmslow, England.
TT Animation is TT Games' animation studio for film and television, run by Fraggle Rock co-creator Jocelyn Stevenson. The studio produced the film Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, which was released in May 2013.
Playdemic was founded in 2010 by Paul Gouge as a developer of Facebook Platform games. The company was acquired by RockYou in January 2011, and Gouge switched positions from chief executive officer to vice-president and general manager. When RockYou faced financial instability later that year, Playdemic performed a management buyout. In February 2013, Ian Livingstone was appointed as the company's chairman. TT Games announced on 8 February 2017 that they had acquired Playdemic to bolster its mobile game development capabilities. At the time, Playdemic had 33 employees in its Wilmslow offices.
TT Games announced the formation of TT Games Brighton, a mobile game development studio based in Brighton, England, on 30 January 2018. Jason Avent, who formerly headed Boss Alien, became the studio's head of studio. In March that year, TT Games Brighton was rebranded TT Odyssey.
Centroid Motion Capture Limited, a motion capture studio, was acquired by TT Games on 31 May 2007. Its assets, including 10 employees in its England headquarters, plus another 12 employees in its subsidiary studio in Serbia, were absorbed by a new entity, TT Centroid Limited and the company moved to Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England. The deal was overseen by Farleys Solicitors.
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