Motorsport Games Completes Acquisition Of Studio 397

Motorsport Games Acquires rFactor 2 and Developer Studio 397
Motorsport Games Completes Acquisition Of Studio 397

Back in March, Studio 397 announced an exciting new chapter in the history of rFactor 2, as Motorsport Games put in a successful bid to acquire Studio 397 and with it the rFactor 2 racing simulator.

Now both companies have confirmed that the acquisition under the previously announced agreement is completed.

Studio 397 will maintain its brand and name while continuing to develop the rFactor 2 platform, as well as working on other Motorsport Games titles. 

This acquisition cements the long-term relationship formed between Motorsport Games and Studio 397. For over a year, the Netherlands-based developer has been providing its expertise in vehicle physics, tire modeling, and AI for Motorsport Games’ upcoming reboot of the NASCAR video game franchise, due for release later in 2021. Studio 397 will also be central to the development of Motorsport Games’ forthcoming titles based upon licenses including the British Touring Car Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

The acquisition of Studio 397 is a significant advancement for us that we expect will help to deliver further value in our products,” said Dmitry Kozko, Chief Executive Officer of Motorsport Games. “We have boosted and diversified our product portfolio with the addition of the market-leading rFactor 2 simulation platform, while at the same time added substantial video game development expertise and capabilities to our growing team.

In addition to game development, the acquisition of Studio 397 is expected to also positively impact Motorsport Games’ esports offerings. The incredibly successful 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual race and the Formula E Race at Home Challenge – both of which were operated by Motorsport Games – each raced using rFactor 2, which will now be the platform of choice for future esports events and projects. 

Studio 397 shares our same passions for virtual racing and creating the best possible driving experiences for our players,” said Stephen Hood, President of Motorsport Games. “We originally chose to work with them on our new NASCAR game franchise to bring top class elements to the titles, as rFactor 2 has the best vehicle physics, AI and tire model available today. Therefore, when the opportunity arose to bring them into the Motorsport Games family, it made perfect sense to all parties.

We are delighted to become a part of the Motorsport Games family,” said Marcel Offermans, Director of Studio for Studio 397. “We remain committed to growing the rFactor 2 platform, as well as providing the base for the simulation components in all future Motorsport Games titles.

The rFactor 2 Racing Simulator is available via Steam for €29,99.

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