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MTV Launches MTV Games Division, Talks Plans

In relation to <a href="http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=5790">today's earlier announcement</a> of a strategic partnership with Midway, MTV has anno...

Simon Carless, Blogger

June 27, 2005

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In relation to today's earlier announcement of a strategic partnership with Midway, MTV has announced the forming of its MTV Games division, with EVP Jeff Yapp commenting to Gamasutra about his plans for the new subsidiary. The company plans the division, which is based in New York, to "incubate original game franchises in partnership with independent game developers", as well as forge strategic marketing partnerships with publishers, with the Midway deal being an example of this. MTV Games also intends to take and move game concepts into larger entertainment franchises that have the potential to transition into television, film and more, also helping the company take closer control of its existing licenses to ensure higher quality results from externally-created, licensed games. Gamasutra spoke further to Jeff Yapp, EVP of MTV Networks Music and Logo Enterprise Group, about the creation of MTV Games. He explained that MTV Games will work as a bridging producer, helping to fund independent developers to make console games, and then partnering with existing publishers to bring those games to market. "The model has pre-existed on the TV front and the movie front", Yap commented, pointing to similarly-structured successes with both MTV itself and the company's MTV Films division as a reason for starting up MTV Games. Yap also confirmed: "We're very focused on console", indicating that he was keen to see MTV Games work with independent developers to create original IP titles, which MTV would then be in a position to partner with a publisher to release: he agreed that this middleman approach was "a different kind of model" for games, but commented that MTV "is great at establishing a deep relationship with our audience", and indicated that the combination of cross-promotion and market knowledge would help differentiate the endeavor. Jamie Leece, formerly president of Take-Two subsidiary Gotham Games, has been hired as executive producer to work with these independent developers. Marc Nesbitt, senior producer of MTV Games will oversee all project production and creative. Nonetheless, with other media companies such as Warner Brothers and Disney making strides into the video game market, MTV's increased interest can be seen as that of another major player keen to apply its marketing and IP creation smarts to the game market.

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Simon Carless


Simon Carless is the founder of the GameDiscoverCo agency and creator of the popular GameDiscoverCo game discoverability newsletter. He consults with a number of PC/console publishers and developers, and was previously most known for his role helping to shape the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Conference for many years.

He is also an investor and advisor to UK indie game publisher No More Robots (Descenders, Hypnospace Outlaw), a previous publisher and editor-in-chief at both Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine, and sits on the board of the Video Game History Foundation.

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