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Skybound adds EA alum amid potential acquisition drive

New addition Jeff Chaikin has been brought on to help the Invincible studio form partnerships and acquire other companies.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

February 9, 2024

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Invincible fighting an undersea monster in a scene from Invincible season 2.
Image via Prime Video/Skybound Entertainment.

At a Glance

  • Skybound is still trying to figure out its place in games, and has brought Chaikin on to help find a path forward.

Invincible owner Skybound Entertainment has brought Electronic Arts' Jeff Chaiken into its ranks. The former executive will serve as its senior VP, and help with acquisitions.

Chaiken specializes in mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships. While at EA, he helped it snatch up Respawn, Codemasters, and properties like Golf Clash and Super Mega Baseball.

Skybound's legal officer Ned Sherman said his hiring shows the company is "eagerly and actively looking for more deals.” It's previously acquired other studios, including a Japan-based one to focus on manga and anime.

Skybound wants to acquire some studios, at the worst time for deals to be made

While Skybound has seen success in TV and comics, games have been trickier. Its last Walking Dead game was delisted in December after three months of Early Access.

As for Invincible, there was the Invincible: Atom Eve visual novel in November. But it's yet to have a full-scale game on par with a Marvel or DC game, or even Telltale's The Walking Dead.

In terms of partnerships, Skybound's previously worked with Ubisoft, Beamdog, and Monomi Park. Last summer, it made a "substantial" investment in Wrestlequest dev Mega Cat Studios.

Acquisitions were all the rage a few years ago. But in the last year, their aftermath has been particularly devastating, which may give indie companies pause for thought if Skybound comes their way.

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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