Pearl Abyss Acquires CCP Games

Pearl Abysss, known for Black Desert Online has announced that will acquire CCP games, best known for the MMORPG EVE Online. CCP Games will continue to operate as an independent developer with studios in Reykjavik, London and Shanghai will integrating their extensive development and publishing expertise into all current and future Pearl Abyss operations. EVE Online is a space-based, persistant world MMO that originally launched in 2003 that is renowned for its immense scale and complexity. EVE Online’s single server shared game world allows players to engage in a wide variety of professions and unscripted economic competitions, warfare and political schemes with other players against thousands of explorable solar systems. EVE Online is one of the most critically acclaimed MMORPG intellectual properties in North America and Europe and has one of the most active and enjoyable fan communities in gaming.

Pearl Abyss first launched their open world MMOPRG Black Desert Online in Korea in 2014, which has received critical acclaim for its advanced graphics, seamless world, large-scale castle sieges and actions based combat system. Since going public in 2017, Pearl Abyss has worked to secure other competitive global IPs such as EVE Online and saw record high sales in the first half of 2018 with the launch of Black Desert Mobile in Korea. Pearl Abyss anticipating a strong 2019 with EVE Online and the global launch of Black Desert Mobile, with the following statements from members of Pearl Abyss and CCP Games.

“We are thrilled to have CCP Games join our team as Black Desert Online continues to branch out globally. CCP is a seasoned publisher with over 15 years of digital distribution experience and know-how. They have done an incredible job of engaging and maintaining their playerbase, which we aim to learn from and hope to integrate natively into Pearl Abyss’ general practices across all our games. I am confident CCP’s reputable IP and expertise in global publishing will help reaffirm our company’s dedication to developing and servicing the world’s best MMORPGs.” Pearl Abyss CEO Robin Jung

“I have been seriously impressed with what Pearl Abyss has achieved ever since I first visited their website for Black Desert Online and subsequently became an avid player of the game. Pearl Abyss is a fast-growing company with lots to offer in terms of technology, capability and vision. I believe our two companies have a lot to learn from each other. We are very excited to join forces with them and achieve great new heights for our companies, our games and – above all – our players.” CCP Games CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson.

“As lead investor in CCP for over 13 years alongside General Catalyst and NEA, we’ve seen CCP go from being a few dozen people strong to employing hundreds all over the world, with an ever-increasing customer base and multiple titles. CEO Hilmar V. Pétursson and his dedicated team have built a company that Novator and its partners are proud to hand over to Pearl Abyss and we wish them the best of luck in their future ventures.” Birgir Már Ragnarsson of Novator Partners and Chairman of CCP