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Gamecock Media Group

Moby ID: 9181

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Gamecock Media Group was a publishing group established on 12 February 2007 by Mike Wilson, Harry Miller and Rick Stults, the original founders of Gathering of Developers. Originally it was an independent company based in Austin Texas. The European division is called Gamecock Media Europe Ltd. and in September 2008 they launched the casual games label Upshot Games. On 14 October 2008, the company lost its independent status when it was acquired by SouthPeak Interactive. The office was officially closed on 27 January 2009, when the property was sold. At least 4 of Gamecock's Austin employees moved to SouthPeak's main office near Dallas, Texas.

Gamecock started with a portfolio that supported entire new development studios, such as Renegade Kid LLC., Red Fly Studio, Blazing Lizard and Crackpot Entertainment, as well as established studios such as Wideload Games, Inc., Replay Studios and Spark Unlimited. Many of the supported titles have novel concepts with an original approach. Co-founder Mike Wilson compares the group to Miramax in the movie business with its indie label spirit, where especially original games from independent studios are greenlighted. They also do not claim the IP of franchises they publish.

The company's PR was often extravagant. During the 2007 Spike Video Game Awards, company employees rushed the stage in capes and rooster heads during Ken Levine's acceptance speech for BioShock, using the attention for self-promotion.

Credited on 9 Games from 2007 to 2008

Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi (2008 on Nintendo DS)
Legendary (2008 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball (2008 on Xbox 360, Wii)
Insecticide: Part 1 (2008 on Windows)
Hail to the Chimp (2008 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Stronghold Crusader Extreme (2008 on Windows, Macintosh)
Insecticide (2008 on Nintendo DS)
Dementium: The Ward (2007 on Nintendo DS)
Fury (2007 on Windows)

History +

January 27, 2009

the Austin, Texas, office is closed and the property sold

October 14, 2008

The company is acquired by SouthPeak Interactive, LLC.

September 24, 2008

The company launches the casual gaming label Upshot Games. The first game to use the name is the Wii title American Pool Deluxe.

February 12, 2007

Company established.

Trivia +

The Gamecock Media Group's former website was www.gamecockmedia.com


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