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California, Los Angeles, May 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Riva Technology and Entertainment announced today that they have signed a brand licensing deal with the iconic comic book series publisher Dark Horse. The deal will see RTE producing multiple mobile games based on the massively successful The Umbrella Academy comic books and Netflix series.
RTE have secured a strong streak of acquisitions, partnerships and licensing deals in recent years, including a licensing deal earlier this month with MGA Entertainment to produce and publish mobile games based on their hit properties L.O.L. Surprise! and Rainbow High.
Earlier this year RTE invested in multiple companies including SUB2r who produce broadcast-quality streaming video cameras, leading games publisher Rogue Games and OKLetsPlay, the leading platform for esports cash matches and tournaments. RTE also owns a majority stake in global games producer Firefly Games.
Dark Horse Comics was founded in 1986 with the goal of attracting the industry’s top talent through a business model acknowledging the rights of comics creators. In the 35 years since Dark Horse Comics was founded, the company has grown to become the third-largest comic publisher in the United States, amassing an ever-growing, enthusiastic fan base. In 1988, Dark Horse revolutionized comics based on popular films with the release of its hit series Aliens, with Predator following soon after. The launch of Star Wars in 1990 solidified Dark Horse’s domination of movie-based comics series. While licensed projects had been around for decades, most publishers devoted few resources to titles they did not own. Dark Horse took a different tact by plotting stories and using top talent to create comics series that were essentially sequels to popular films. This fresh approach met with enormous success, and sales on these popular titles soared into the millions. Today, Dark Horse is the acknowledged industry leader in this profitable publishing niche.
In 2007 Dark Horse launched The Umbrella Academy comics, whose plot revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death and the threat of an impending apocalypse. Through a mix of dynamic storytelling by My Chemical Romance front man Gerard Way and eye-catching artwork by Gabriel Bá, the book was a success with music and comics fans alike and won numerous awards over the course of two mini-series. However, it was when Dark Horse and Netflix joined forces in 2018 that Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba reunited for the return of their Harvey, Eisner, and YALSA award-winning series, and the success of The Umbrella Academy really began to accelerate. The following year The Umbrella Academy television series…
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