SEGA expands into digital with Three Rings

We’re told that if we like something, we should “put a ring on it” – words that SEGA has apparently taken to heart, with the news of the company’s most recent acquisition: Indie developer Three Rings Design.

With more than a decade of online world creation in the portfolio, Three Rings has created award-winning RPG Spiral Knights and the ridiculously-popular puzzle-MMORPG Puzzle Pirates.

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The move comes as SEGA aims to secure a foothold in the fastest growing area of the video games industry. Three Rings joins Sports Interactive (Football Manager) and The Creative Assembly (Total War series), as the publisher takes another step in an aggressive expansion into digital space.

Daniel James, CEO of Three Rings Design, Inc. explains:

Three Rings has always been a studio that prides itself on the depth and creativity of our games, we are very fortunate to have found a company like SEGA that both respects our identity and shares our passion for developing engaging and quality games. We are honored to be joining such a legendary team and look forward to collaborating on amazing ideas together.

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Haruki Satomi, Senior Vice President of Digital Business for SEGA of America continues:

We knew from the first time we saw Spiral Knights that the team at Three Rings was not simply talented but truly unique, and the close bond we have formed with them over the past year has only solidified that impression. We are proud to welcome them as the newest member of the SEGA family, and look forward to seeing what great things we can create together over the coming years.

While work continues on Spiral Knights and Puzzle Pirates, Three Rings and SEGA will also focus on the launch of the upcoming Doctor Who MMO alongside the BBC.

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