Owners of Interceptor Entertainment Acquire 3D Realms

The curious case of 3D Realms and Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction just got curiouser.

Last week we reported that Gearbox is suing 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment (Rise of the Triad) over Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. That’s the new Duke game 3DR and Interceptor began teasing in early February, and according to Gearbox — the owner of the Duke Nukem intellectual property rights — it was never licensed or approved.

In a particularly eyebrow-raising twist, 3DR’s own principals, Scott Miller and George Broussard, have admitted in a signed legal document that they had no legal right to authorize Interceptor to create Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction.

That brings us to today and the news that the investment group that owns Interceptor, SDN Invest, has acquired 3D Realms. In a statement, SDN Invest said the acquisition is already complete and the new CEO of 3DR is Interceptor Chairman Mike Nielsen.

“3D Realms is legendary for its contributions to the gaming industry, as both the pioneer of the shareware model and an always generous partner who has provided both funding and guidance to game studios such as id Software, Parallax Software, Remedy Entertainment, and many others,” Nielsen stated. “3D Realms has also developed, co-developed, and co-financed such hits as Commander Keen, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein 3D, Rise of the Triad, Raptor, Shadow Warrior and Prey. There are only a handful of independent studios with a better track record of original games. Yet even with this stellar track record, we hope we can take the company to new heights.”

We contacted Mr. Nielsen for further comment on the acquisition and how it relates to Gearbox’s lawsuit as well as what it means for Scott Miller and George Broussard, 3DR’s long-time leaders. Here’s what he had to say:

“I can’t comment directly on the lawsuit. I’m investor in both Interceptor and 3DR and the opportunity to acquire 3DR presented itself and we went for it, given 3DR’s legendary history. Now we want to take 3DR back to glory.”

“Scott and George will still be connected to 3D Realms,” Nielsen continued. “Scott has worked with Interceptor on our new project, that has yet to be formally announced by us.”

We’re digging for some additional details and will update this post with anything new.

For now, 3D Realms has a new home.

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