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Frontier Dev PLC - Formula 1® Licence & additional publishing deals

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Frontier Developments PLC
10 March 2020
 

Frontier Developments plc

Frontier signs a multi-year game licence with Formula 1® and two more third party publishing deals

 

·     Multi-year exclusive rights to develop and publish F1 management games for PC and console platforms

·     Four F1 games with the first launch for the 2022 F1 season

·     Releases will be worldwide and on multiple platforms

·     Frontier Publishing signs fourth and fifth partnership deals

·     Frontier's outlook for FY22 and beyond further strengthened

 

Formula 1®

Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV, "Frontier", the "Company"), a leading developer and publisher of videogames based in Cambridge, announces a multi-year exclusive licence (the "Licence") with Formula One Management ("FOM") to develop and publish management games annually for the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ("F1"), the world's most prestigious motor racing competition.

Under the terms of the Licence, Frontier has exclusive rights to develop and publish F1 management games worldwide for PC and console platforms, together with the rights for streaming services, with the first game expected to release for the 2022 F1 season.  The Licence provides Frontier with the rights for four F1 seasons (2022 to 2025 inclusive), subject to the achievement of certain financial performance thresholds.

Frontier has extensive experience of developing deeply engaging, high-fidelity simulation games which also achieve widespread global adoption.  The partnership with F1 creates an exciting opportunity to bring together Frontier's experience and capability, including its powerful and versatile Cobra game engine, to the management-rich environment of the globally popular and ever-changing world of F1.

Following the signing of the F1 Licence and the IP licence previously announced in March 2019, Frontier can now confirm that both of the major new internally developed releases in the financial year ending 31 May 2022 ("FY22") will benefit from major global IP licences and both will be released on multiple platforms.

The addition of a multi-year, multi-platform sports management licence is a strategic milestone for Frontier, which is expected to provide significant annual incremental benefit to Frontier's financial performance from the release of the first game in FY22 onwards.

Frontier Publishing

Frontier is pleased to confirm the signing of another two Frontier Publishing deals, taking the number of signed deals to five for the Company's third party publishing initiative.  A number of additional opportunities with carefully selected partners are in discussion and we expect to start earning revenue in the next financial year.

Frontier Publishing partnerships build our portfolio by leveraging our publishing capability, our channel relationships, and our financial resources to help talented external development teams bring their games to market.

Outlook

As a result of the significant incremental benefit of the F1 Licence and the progress of Frontier Publishing, the Board's confidence in the outlook for FY22 and beyond has been further strengthened. FY22 will now benefit from two major licenced IP multi-platform releases planned for that year, the anticipated ongoing performance of the existing titles supported by additional content, and a strong pipeline of releases from Frontier Publishing partnerships.

David Braben, Frontier's Chief Executive, said:

"We are delighted to announce this multi-year licence deal with F1. F1 is one of the most popular global sporting franchises in the world, and we believe the combination of the F1 brand together with our extensive experience in management games will deliver fantastic game experiences to a wide and varied audience around the world.

We have achieved great success with our own IP and are proven development and publishing partners for the highest profile third party IP.  Both original and licensed IP will continue to be important as we grow and nurture our portfolio."

Frank Arthofer, Director of Digital and Licensing at Formula 1, said:

"Games are an important part of the F1 media ecosystem. This new manager franchise will allow fans to experience the challenging management aspects of the sport through immersive simulation games, and make that experience as accessible as possible for a broad audience.  We have huge respect for Frontier and their achievements in the management simulation category, and are thrilled to be working with them for the 2022 season and beyond."

 

This announcement contains inside information as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014. The person responsible for making this announcement on behalf of the Company is Alex Bevis.

 

Enquiries:

 

Frontier Developments                                                                         +44 (0)1223 394 300

David Braben, CEO

Alex Bevis, CFO                                                                                        

                                                                                                                        

Liberum - Nomad and Joint Broker                                                   +44 (0)20 3100 2000

Neil Patel / Cameron Duncan                                                             

                                                                                                                        

Jefferies - Joint Broker                                                                          +44 (0)20 7029 8000

Max Jones / William Brown

         

Tulchan Communications                                                                      +44 (0)20 7353 4200

Matt Low / Deborah Roney / James Macey White

 

 

About Frontier Developments plc

Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) is a leading independent developer and publisher of videogame franchises founded in 1994 by David Braben, co-author of the seminal Elite game. Based in Cambridge, UK, Frontier's world-class team of over 500 staff create innovative games using the Company's own proprietary 'COBRA' game development technology to entertain global communities of players on video game consoles and personal computers.

Frontier's LEI number: 213800B9LGPWUAZ9GX18.

www.frontier.co.uk

About Formula 1®

Formula 1® racing began in 1950 and is the world's most prestigious motor racing competition, as well as the world's most popular annual sporting series. The 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship™ runs from March to November and spans 22 races in 22 countries across five continents. Formula One World Championship Limited is part of Formula 1® and holds the exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship™.  Formula 1® is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, BATRA, BATRK, FWONA, FWONK) attributed to the Formula One Group tracking stock. The F1 logo, F1 FORMULA 1 logo, FORMULA 1, F1, FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, GRAND PRIX, PADDOCK CLUB and related marks are trademarks of Formula One Licensing BV, a Formula 1 company. All rights reserved.

www.formula1.com

 


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