Liquid Media acquires 65 Retro Gaming Brands (many historically tied to Acclaim) in a bid to refresh and relaunch classic IPs.

Liquid Media (Owners of Majeso Ent.) has acquired a mass of classic gaming brands in a $1 million deal with Throwback Entertainment. Most of these IP have come from their own purchase of assets from 1990’s publisher Acclaim Entertainment.

Liquid intends to relaunch and in some cases re-imagine these titles in both software and possibly as a part of hardware collections like the NES Classic.

“Retro gaming is driving incredible success for the world’s largest players, like Sony and Nintendo. Sony is gearing up to release a revamped version of its iconic PlayStation Classic just in time for the holiday season and Nintendo’s retro consoles have sold millions of units in the past couple of years,” said Charles Brezer, Director of Liquid Media Group. “This title acquisition along with our studios’ proven 25+ year track record kicks off Liquid’s growth strategy.”

“I grew up playing these games, I can’t even imagine how many quarters I pumped into Bubble Bobble,” said Joshua Jackson, Chairman of Liquid Media Group. “So many people, myself included, are returning to the classics. The nostalgia brought on by this resurgence in retro games connects us to our childhoods – and creates incredible demand.”

Games included in this purchase include:

  • AD&D: Iron & Blood
  • AFL Live 2003
  • AFL LIVE: Premiership Edition
  • AFL SIM 04
  • AFL Sim 04 (Int’l)
  • All Star Baseball 2000
  • All Star Baseball 2001
  • All Star Baseball 2002
  • All Star Baseball 2003
  • All Star Baseball 2004
  • All Star Baseball 2005
  • All Star Baseball 2006*
  • All Star Baseball ‘97
  • All Star Baseball ‘99
  • Antz Racing
  • Battle Monsters
  • Big Foot
  • Big Hurt Baseball
  • Blast Lacrosse
  • Brain Drain
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Bust A Move 1999
  • Bust A Move 2
  • Bust A Move 4
  • Bust A Move Millennium
  • College Slam
  • Cutthroat Island
  • Cyberoid
  • Darius Gaiden
  • Dirt Trax FX
  • Dragonheart: Fire & Steel
  • Ducati World Racing
  • Foreman For Real
  • Foreman’s KO Boxing
  • Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball
  • Galactic Attack
  • George Foreman KO Boxing
  • Impact Racing
  • Jupiter Strike
  • Killing Zone
  • Kwirk
  • Magic: The Gathering – Battlemage
  • NBA Jam 1999
  • NBA Jam 2000
  • NBA Jam 2001
  • NBA Jam 2002
  • NBA Jam Extreme
  • NFL Quarterback Club
  • NFL Quarterback Club 1996
  • NFL Quarterback Club 1997
  • NFL Quarterback Club 1998
  • NFL Quarterback Club 1999
  • NFL Quarterback Club 2000
  • NFL Quarterback Club 2001
  • NFL Quarterback Club 2002
  • NFL Quarterback Club Challenge
  • NHL Breakaway 1998
  • NHL Breakaway 1999
  • Street Fighter: The Movie
  • Striker
  • Striker 1996
  • Super Bust A Move
  • Tee-Off
  • Virtual Open Tennis
  • Wetrix

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$1-million acquisition includes 65 hit titles such as NBA Jam, All Star Baseball, Kwirk

Liquid Media Group Ltd. (Nasdaq:YVR) (“Liquid” or the “Company”) today announced a title acquisition from Toronto-basedThrowback Entertainment Inc. (“Throwback”), which develops, creates and publishes immersive and interactive gaming titles.

Under the agreement, Liquid acquired the rights and interest in 65 video game titles, including megahit classics All Star Baseball, NFL Quarterback Club, NHL Breakaway, College Slam, Dirt Trax FX and Kwirk.

“Retro gaming is driving incredible success for the world’s largest players, like Sony and Nintendo. Sony is gearing up to release a revamped version of its iconic PlayStation Classic just in time for the holiday season and Nintendo’s retro consoles have sold millions of units in the past couple of years,” said Charles Brezer, Director of Liquid Media Group. “This title acquisition along with our studios’ proven 25+ year track record kicks off Liquid’s growth strategy.”

“I grew up playing these games, I can’t even imagine how many quarters I pumped into Bubble Bobble,” said Joshua Jackson, Chairman of Liquid Media Group. “So many people, myself included, are returning to the classics. The nostalgia brought on by this resurgence in retro games connects us to our childhoods – and creates incredible demand.”

Nintendo’s NES Classic was June’s highest selling hardware in the US, outselling PS4 and XBOX one even though it was only available on shelves for a few days.

The title acquisition gives Liquid the opportunity for fast market penetration with proven titles. In addition to improving graphics and creating more immersive experiences that build off their predecessors, the Company expects to remaster the beloved titles for today’s gaming platforms.

Complementing its existing holdings in the gaming sector, Liquid now also has an expanded content library for cross-media opportunities, such as video game adaptations for direct-to-video or online movies and local, national and international TV.

“Liquid is building a potent network of gaming assets to leverage numerous forms of intellectual media properties”, said Daniel Cruz, Liquid Media’s Chief Financial Officer. “This acquisition advances our strategy of unifying our publishing, studio, distribution and development subsidiaries and leveraging industry partnerships to efficiently create and distribute exciting content to meet the demands of new platforms.”

“Liquid Media Group is an emerging leader in forward-thinking content creation. We are extremely confident that working closely together will bring success for these titles by treating gamers to fantastic experiences in the future,” said Thomas Maduri, CEO at Throwback Entertainment.

The deal is valued at approximately US$1-million in an all-stock transaction of 670,000 restricted shares issued to Throwback at US$1.49, representing a 60% premium to Liquid’s quoted closing price at closing on September 24, 2018