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SilverBirch Studios Inc.

Overview

SilverBirch Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of SilverBirch Inc., is a developer, publisher, and distributor of entertainment products and complementary deployment capabilities for mobile and wireless devices. The corporate office and principal development studio is based in Toronto, Canada, and they have satellite development studios in Finland and Colombia.

The company was founded by Kevin Birch. Birch and four other partners formed a management company in 2002 and subsequently initiated a reverse takeover of IVP Technology Corporation. During this period, Birch created SilverBirch Studios as the company's new mobile entertainment division. At the beginning of 2004, he organized a management buyout of the division, and SilverBirch emerged from IVP as a private Canadian corporation.

Their business was expanded significantly with the acquisition of The Netherlands based publishing company Lighthouse Interactive Game Publishing BV in April 2008.

In July 2008 the company announced to have acquired development and publishing studio Red Mile Entertainment (to be completed early 2009) and secured the rights to the Sin City franchise.

In November 2008 some changes took place at the company. Kevin Astle took over as interim president and CEO, replacing Derek van der Plaat and the company announced to focus on its MMO business. SilverBirch previously established a co-venture with G4Box to operate licensed English language online multiplayer games. The two most important MMO games they operate in 2008 are Metin2 and CrossFire. First launched in Asia, the company soon received $500,000 in equity financing from Aberdeen Gould Capital Markets for the English version launch.

Prior to the announcement, the company had already entered a two-year contract with the consulting firms A&P Entertainment, Escalada International Limited and Morsonwell Inc for the marketing, operations and game development of MMO games, while six staff positions had been eliminated and the company said to consider selling off its mobile business division.

Trivia

Contact information (November 2008)

SilverBirch Studios
150 Ferrand Drive, Suite#500
Toronto, Ontario
M3C 3E5
Canada
T : 416 621 6711
F : 416 621 7715

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