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Motorsport Games has acquired racing simulation tech developer Studio397 for an undisclosed fee.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

March 4, 2021

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Motorsport Games has acquired racing simulation tech developer Studio397 for an undisclosed fee. 

Studio397 is the company behind the rFactor2 racing simulation platform, which strives to replicate the physics and conditions of real-world racing using a combination of "ultra-realistic" technologies. 

Motorsport Games, meanwhile, is best known for its work on the Nascar Heat franchise and Motorsport Predictor

The deal will see Studio397 continue its work on rFactor2 while developing the physics and handling models for Motorsport's slate of upcoming projects. Motorsport also pledged to use its own resources and expertise to further enhance rFactor2, particularly in target areas highlighted by the racing community. 

"We see this as great news for the sim racing community as we can now leverage the best elements of the rFactor 2 platform, combine it with our foundational use of Unreal Engine (developed by Epic Games) and layer in the additional components our talented teams have spent the last two years developing," said Motorsport president, Stephen Hood. 

"Our aim was to start out with a product that had heart and soul. When the planned acquisition is completed, we can operate safe in the knowledge that another piece of an ambitious puzzle has been secured."

Studio397's existing management and development team will remain in place following the deal.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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