New venture to target Arabian Gulf and Middle East
Videogame agency Digital Development Management has paired with Trans Technologies to form Red Stallion Interactive to develop games specifically designed for the Arabian Gulf and the Middle East.New publisher will open offices in Doha, Qatar; Manama, Bahrain; and Northampton, Mass. DDM will serve as senior advisors and operational manager to Red Stallion. Trans Technologies is a holding company of AMJ Projects, owned by Mohamed Juman, who focuses on businesses in the information technologies, aviation, real estate and retail sectors. Red Stallion is the company’s first interactive and transmedia venture, with an emphasis on online and mobile properties. The company’s first games, consisting of licensed and original fare, will be rooted in culture based on the Arabian Gulf region that can cross over to international audiences. DDM will connect Red Stallion’s developers with other publishers and gamemakers. “Red Stallion will hopefully fulfill a growing demand for interactive content that speaks to the cultural and entertainment habits of different international territories,” Juman said. Deal was brokered between Juman and John Sutyak who handled the deal on behalf of DDM alongside partner and, DDM prexy Joe Minton. US-based Rudy Vogel, advisor to both Trans Technologies and Red Stallion Interactive, and a board member of both companies; and Fred Fierst, partner of Fierst, Pucci & Kane, served as key advisors on the deal. DDM, founded in 2005, reps such clients as Ninja Theory (“Enslaved”), Slightly Mad Studios (“Need for Speed Shift”), Bedlam Games (“Scratch: The Ultimate DJ”) and Turtle Rock Studios (“Left 4 Dead”), and has a deal with Verve to develop games with its clients “Tron: Legacy” helmer Joe Kosinski, “RED” and “Battleship” writing duo Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber, Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3″), David Elliot and Paul Lovett (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”), Nick Bakay (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop”), director David Silverman (“The Simpsons Movie”).