10.01.2013 Investments, News Comments Off

Indie Royale Co-Ownership Shifts To Tenshi Ventures

IndieGames.com and Gamasutra parent the UBM Tech Game Network has transferred its 50% share in the Indie Royale game bundle to UK games investment firm Tenshi Ventures. Desura remain the co-owners of the other 50%. Indie Royale, which was set up in October 2011, brings together high-quality independent games approximately every two weeks, and makes them collectively available for a heavily discounted price for PC and/or Mac and Linux, while allowing buyers to support emerging indie creators. It has collectively sold over 500,000 bundles and more than 2.5 million games over more than 25 separate bundle deals.

Tenshi Ventures, which is run by veteran British developers Ian Baverstock and Jonathan Newth, has more than 30 years experience in the game industry. It intends to leverage its contacts and the existing roster of previously bundled Indie Royale creators to expand and diversify offerings to eager gameplayers worldwide. Ian Baverstock, who has also been Chairman of UK developer association Tiga, said “We’re currently seeing a golden age of indie development; we’ve been developing games for over 20 years and are passionate about helping indie developers reach a bigger audience and get better recognition & reward for their games. Getting involved with Indie Royale is a great way to do that.”

Scott Reismanis, Desura’s founder, said “It’s great to have the team from Tenshi Ventures on board. Their experience and contacts in the industry will be invaluable in helping us grow the bundle for all the indie partners we work with”.
01.11.2012 News Comments Off

GDC China

Ian Baverstock will be talking at GDC China in Shanghai on 19th November on the topic of Working With European Developers.

26.09.2012 General Comments Off

Alternative Discovery Approaches

The slides from Ian Baverstock’s Alternative Discovery Approaches talk at the F2P Summit in London on 26th September 2012 are now available here.

24.09.2012 News Comments Off

F2P Summit

Ian Baverstock will be talking at the F2P Summit in London on 26th September.

22.08.2012 Investments, News Comments Off

Tenshi Ventures backs Terminator 2 Avatars

Tuesday 22nd August 2012: Immediate Release

Tenshi Ventures announces that is has provided Production Finance to support the development and release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day Avatars for the Xbox Live Marketplace. Jonathan Newth, Partner at Tenshi Ventures, led the investment programme and commented “The Production Finance we have provided for this project will, we hope, be a model for future content financing in the Games Industry.” Terminator 2:Judgment Day is owned by Studiocanal S.A.About Tenshi Ventures:

Tenshi Ventures is a privately managed investment and advisory group established by Jonathan Newth and Ian Baverstock in 2010. Tenshi Ventures specialising in the video games, web and interactive markets. For further information about Tenshi Ventures contact Ian Baverstock (ian@tenshiventures.com). Direct links to the avatars on the Xbox Marketplace can be found here:

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/AvatarMarketplace?Brand=14450

Terminator 2: Judgment Day, T2, THE TERMINATOR, ENDOSKELETON, and any depiction of Endoskeleton are trademarks of StudioCanal   S.A. All Rights Reserved. ® & © 2012 StudioCanal  S.A. ®

About Studiocanal:
Established in May 1999, STUDIOCANAL theatrical UK has established a reputation for an innovative approach to distribution. A passion for film and commitment to creativity is central to STUDIOCANAL’s activity in the UK market together with the desire to work collaboratively with our filmmakers to achieve the best possible results. STUDIOCANAL is a subsidiary of the CANAL+ Group. It is one of Europe’s leading companies in the market for co-production, acquisition, distribution and sale of international feature films. STUDIOCANAL is the only studio operating simultaneously in three main territories across Europe: France, the United Kingdom and Germany. The company distributes a total of more than 50 films a year throughout Europe. Additionally, STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important libraries in the world, with more than 5,000 international titles. STUDIOCANAL’s production ambitions to date have included Rowan Joffe’s debut feature BRIGHTON ROCK starring Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough  and Helen Mirren; Joe Cornish’s critically acclaimed ATTACK THE BLOCK, the first project to emerge from a partnership with Big Talk, Nick Murphy’s debut feature THE AWAKENING starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton, Tomas Alfredson’s award-winning cold  war thriller TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley with Colin Firth, John Hurt, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, David Dencik, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Roger Lloyd Pack, Simon McBurney, Christian McKay and Mark Strong rounding out a powerhouse cast. Current projects include Ben Wheatley’s Cannes hit SIGHTSEERS, Jeremy Lovering’s IN FEAR, Michael Winterbottom’s KING OF SOHO, the Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Susanne Bier’s SERENA and Dan Mazer’s hotly anticipated comedy I GIVE IT A YEAR.

10.08.2012 News Comments Off

GDCE/Gamescom 2012

Ian & Jonathan will be attending this year’s GDCE & Gamescom in Cologne.

If you want to meet up with either of them in Cologne then please mail about setting up an appointment.

01.08.2012 Investments, News Comments Off

Tenshi Ventures backs nDreams’ Blueprint:Home

Wednesday 1st August 2012: Immediate Release

Tenshi Ventures announces that is has provided Production Finance to UK developer nDreams. The finance was specifically to support the development and release of Blueprint: Home for PlayStation Home in an innovative collaboration with nDreams.

Jonathan Newth, Partner at Tenshi Ventures, led the investment programme and commented “The Production Finance we have provided to nDreams for this project will, we hope, be a model for future content financing in the Games Industry. Blueprint: Home is already receiving great critical feedback and we are very proud to have been part of the team that helped nDreams realise their vision for player constructed apartments in PlayStation Home.”

Patrick O’Lunaigh, CEO of nDreams, says “Tenshi’s Production Finance model helped us get Blueprint: Home into production substantially earlier than we would have been able to funding it from our cashflow. This allowed us to capitalise on an opportunity which we may otherwise have missed. Tenshi have been a great production partner, and working with them has been a pleasure.”

Tenshi Ventures is a privately managed investment and advisory group established by Jonathan Newth and Ian Baverstock in 2010. Tenshi Ventures specialising in the video games, web and interactive markets.

nDreams® is a growing digital games developer/publisher based in Farnborough, UK. They were set up at the start of 2007 by Patrick O’Luanaigh, the former Creative Director of Eidos, with a focus on quality and innovation. Since they were formed, nDreams has grown from a 1-person start up to a company with 25 full-time staff and annual revenues of more than £1 million. The last 12 months have seen nDreams build and develop one of the most successful free-to-play online console projects to date, Aurora, based in PlayStation®Home. The floating archipelago, which has a major update every few months, has already had over 1 million unique players, over 7 million visits and has generated significant revenues. As well as PlayStation Home, nDreams develop for Xbox Marketplace and are working on their first major tablet project.

For further information about Tenshi Ventures contact Ian Baverstock (ian@tenshiventures.com).

For further information about nDreams contact Patrick O’Lunaigh (patrick@ndreams.co.uk).

07.07.2012 News Comments Off

Develop Conference 2012

Tenshi Ventures will be attending this year’s Develop Conference in Brighton. Ian and Jonathan will be in there for the 10th, 11th and 12th of July. If you want to meet up with Tenshi then please mail about setting up an appointment.

29.06.2012 General Comments Off

Jules Davis moves to pastures new

Long time colleague of Ian & Jonathan, and recently a co-worker here at Tenshi Ventures, Jules Davis has left us for pastures new.

Jules has a great, high profile, role at one of the largest companies in the business and we wish him well in his endeavours.

02.03.2012 News Comments Off

Game Developers Conference 2012

Tenshi Ventures will be attending this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Both Ian and Jonathan will be in there during the week beginning 5th March.

If you want to meet up with Tenshi then please mail about setting up an appointment.