Former European Leaders At Activision Blizzard Have Founded A New Publisher

Several former Activision Blizzard leaders from the now defunct Versailles operation have come together to form New Tales, a publishing company with the goal of creating original IPs through its own internal studios and to provide publishing services to other game developers through “fair partnerships.” New Tales is located in Paris, France and is helmed by CEO Cédric Maréchal, who was formerly Activision Blizzard’s Senior VP of International.

“We have formed a team of passionate gamers with an unrivalled degree of experience, having grown some of the biggest IPs and player communities,” said Maréchal. “Gaming has rarely seen such an exciting time, fuelled by tons of innovation and creativity. However, the frequency of new releases keeps rising rapidly, reinforcing the need for great international publishing. New Tales is a one-stop-shop publishing solution where we’re going to work with developers, as one united team, dedicated to maximizing success. We are also building our internal production capabilities to develop our own games and IPs. We are looking forward to joining forces with people who share our values and passion!”

Maréchal is joined by other European Activision Blizzard veterans: Benoit Dufour, who will serve as COO, Delphine Le Corre, and Emmanuel Obert.

They are supported by three senior advisers of game development: Kim Gresko, former composite artist at LucasArts and Co-Founder of Blue Silver Studios; Ray Gresko, previously Global Chief Development Officer at Blizzard and Co-Founder of Blue Silver Studios, and Julia Humphreys, former Overwatch Production Director at Blizzard and senior producer at Seven Studios.

(All information was provided by Video Games Chronicle)

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