Sofimac Innovation, management and minority shareholders have sold Cyanide to Bigben

Lincoln International, a leading global mid-market investment bank, is pleased to announce the sale of Cyanide (the “Company”), a major video game studio, to the listed group Bigben Interactive.

Created in 2000 by video game industry “veterans”, Cyanide is a leading French gaming studio, recognized for its ability to develop innovative games within various universes (strategy, narrative, shooting, management, sports, action and adventure), as well as for the quality of its productions. The Company operates in France (Paris and Bordeaux) and in Canada (Montreal). The studio employs 110 people.

Since its creation, Cyanide has produced some fifty games, while always maintaining a balance between the creation of new Intellectual Properties (Pro Cycling Manager, Styx, The Council, etc.) and the production of licensed games (Game of Thrones, Blood Bowl, Tour de France, etc.). Nine games are currently under development, available on all platforms of the market (PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch and mobile) and based on different technologies (Unity, Unreal and a proprietary technology).

By adding a major video game development player to its value chain, Bigben Interactive integrates strategic skills and assets to achieve its stated ambition of becoming a world leader in the “AA” video game segment.

Patrick Pligersdorffer, CEO of Cyanide, stated, “We look forward to joining Bigben Interactive, a leading international player in the video game industry, driven by a vision and ambition that fully reflects our culture and development goals. Joining Bigben is a unique opportunity to significantly increase our production which means creating even more qualitative games.”

Lincoln International acted as the exclusive sell-side advisor to Cyanide’s shareholders throughout the sale process.

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