I’m actually a little surprised by this. Here we are, global economic meltdown, studios and gaming businesses going bankrupt left right and centre, and a couple of guys manage to start a brand new gaming company. Either they are the smoothest talkers in history at those investment meetings, or their work is abominably genius and we should bow to their mastery. We shall see what they can bring.
Video Game Industry Veterans Launch Azo Studios
Nick Koziupa, Brian Westergaard, and Dave Eberly form new studio.
Official Press Release | Jan. 5, 2009
Video game industry veterans Nick Koziupa, Brian Westergaard, and Dave Eberly have announced the launch of Azo Studios. The studio plans to develop video game titles and middleware solutions for console systems, personal computers, and handheld devices.
“We are committed to building mutually beneficial relationships throughout the entertainment industry in order to provide high quality gaming experiences for a global audience,” said Nick Koziupa, Azo Studios’ president.
The studio’s founding members bring extensive management, leadership, and production experience to the team. For over a decade, each has contributed to the development of critically acclaimed and commercially successful titles delivered across multiple video game platforms.
Eberly’s background lends a distinct technology advantage to the studio. “We look forward to joining the video game community not only as a game developer but also as a provider of middleware solutions,” said Koziupa. “Dave’s prior experience as the chief architect of NetImmerse, the game engine that later became Gamebryo, puts Azo Studios in a strong position to develop cutting edge technology with an eye toward future licensing opportunities.”
The team plans to develop intellectual property in-house and in conjunction with strategic partners in the music and entertainment industries. “Our goal is to ensure that creative vision guides our decision making process every step of the way,” said Westergaard, Azo Studios’ vice president.