AQUIRIS is Joining Epic and Becoming Epic Games Brasil
Today we are announcing that Brazil-based game studio, AQUIRIS, is joining Epic Games. This acquisition builds upon an investment that Epic made in AQUIRIS in early 2022.
The AQUIRIS team will be the foundation of Epic Games Brasil, the first Epic studio in Latin America. Founded in 2007, AQUIRIS is best known for its award-winning titles including Wonderbox and the Horizon Chase franchise. Headquartered in the city of Porto Alegre, AQUIRIS’ talented team of developers will join Epic Games to create groundbreaking content and social experiences within Fortnite.
“Joining Epic Games builds on our successes in creating memorable games including Wonderbox, Horizon Chase 2 and Looney Tunes World of Mayhem, which we will continue to operate. We are delighted to leverage our experience using Unreal Engine on game development to contribute to the future of Fortnite,” said Mauricio Longoni, CEO of AQUIRIS and now studio director of Epic Games Brasil. “AQUIRIS has been on the forefront of game development in Brazil and Latin America and becoming part of Epic Games will spotlight our region’s developers for the entire industry.”
“We’ve seen firsthand the impressive talents of the AQUIRIS team in creating innovative games that draw global appeal, and we are excited to welcome them to Epic Games,” said Alain Tascan, Executive Vice President of Game Development at Epic Games. “With the creation of Epic Games Brasil, we look forward to tapping into the immense talent the region has to offer and establishing our presence in Latin America.”
Porto Alegre, April 13, 2022
Epic Games Invests in Brazilian Studio AQUIRIS
AQUIRIS today announced an investment from Epic Games, the interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology behind Fortnite and Unreal Engine. The companies will also enter a multi-game publishing agreement for future unannounced multiplatform games. AQUIRIS, best known for its award-winning work on titles like Wonderbox and Horizon Chase, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. This strategic partnership and investment from Epic Games will help shape the next 15 years.
"We are thrilled to partner with Epic Games. It's a strong endorsement of what AQUIRIS has built so far, and we can't wait to show the world what we are working on together. Epic's publishing power and close collaboration withus on tech, business intelligence, and product development will help us boost the quality and the reach of our titles." said AQUIRIS CEO Mauricio Longoni.
Hector Sanchez, Epic’s head of third-party publishing, will join the AQUIRIS board of directors.
“Aquiris not only have a keen eye for quality game experiences, but have demonstrated great artistic and technical capabilities with their utilization of Unreal Engine in their products. We’re honored to have this opportunity to strengthen our relationship with one of the premiere studios in the growing and important Latin American development scene.” said Sanchez.
Founded in 2007, AQUIRIS is the award-winning developer of Wonderbox, Horizon Chase, and Looney Tunes World of Mayhem. It is headquartered in Porto Alegre -Brazil, but is, in fact, spread all across the country (and beyond) and welcomes people from everywhere in a hybrid work environment, with more than 180 people creating and operating great games.
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is an American company founded by CEO Tim Sweeney. The company is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, and has more than 50 offices worldwide. Today Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Epic operates one of the world’s largest games, Fortnite, and Epic has over 600 million accounts with over 4.7 billion friend connections across Fortnite, Fall Guys, Rocket League, and the Epic Games Store. Epic also develops Unreal Engine, which powers the world’s leading games and is also adopted across industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing, and simulation. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content.
Aquirirs' Founders: Sandro Manfredini, Business Director; Mauricio Longoni, CEO; Amilton Diesel, Technical Art Director; Kely Costa, CFO; Raphael Baldi, CTO; and Israel Mendes, Comm & Marketing Director.Wonderbox: The Adventure MakerHorizon Chase TurboLooney Tunes: World of Mayhem