3D Realms Acquired By SDN Invest, Part Owner of Interceptor Entertainment

Apogee Software, Ltd d/b/a 3D Realms has been acquired by investment firm SDN Invest, part-owner and principal investor in Interceptor Entertainment, the development company behind Rise of the Triad. The new CEO of 3D Realms is Mike Neilsen, Chairman of the Board at Interceptor.

The investment firm was founded by Nielsen after his work as CEO of Coolshop.com, an online retailer in Northern Europe. It was put together to invest in companies that had potential, and seems to enjoy the gaming market.

“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,” said Nielsen. “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.”

3D Realms was founded in Garland, Texas in 1987. The company was responsible for assisting some of the major companies listed above in making their break into the game industry. “My long time partner George Broussard and I are extremely proud of our past, especially as developers who always tried to partner with up-and-coming studios who just needed their break. Our history shows we did that throughout the 1990s & 2000s, and I expect the new 3D Realms to continue with this tradition in full force. Our industry needs more good guys, who honor the profession and fellow hard-working developers,” said Scott Miller, co-founder of 3D Realms.