DOJ Inc – the company most people know as Hero Games – has bought the majority share of Indie Press Revolution.
Darren Watts, President of DOJ Inc, said:
“I’m delighted to be taking over a sales organization with the brand strength and reputation for quality that IPR has built over the last several years,”
“IPR has a very strong business model and has done an outstanding job representing its client creator-publishers, and we intend to carry forward with the same philosophy in order to bring great new games to the public from the cutting edge of game design.”
A majority share buy sounds to me that there are many key people in Indie Press Revolution who are staying on. In fact, the press release says the minority shareholders are keeping their shares.
Ryan Macklin, General Manager of Indie Press Revolution, will be staying in his position. H e said;
“I’m excited to be working with Darren, Jason, and the rest of the DOJ team,”
“They have an excitement about IPR that I relish, and I’m looking forward to the future they’ll bring to this company.”
Indie Press Revolution is direct sales network of small publishers. Their goal is to encourage small RPG publishers to inspire on another and, together, generate some sales.
Cubicle 7 (now closely aligned with Mongoose) and Evil Hat Productions are two examples of standout publishers from IPRs ranks. I first encountered them via Ed Cha and Open World Press with the Halmet of Thumble series.
I hope this is a good news story for everyone involved.