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Devolver Digital
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Year Founded

2009


Devolver Digital is a video game publisher that has published Serious Sam HD, Serious Sam 3: BFE and has obtained the rights to publish Serious Sam 2.

OverviewEdit

Devolver Digital is a video game publishing company based in Texas. It was founded by Mike Wilson, who's been in the video game publishing industry for over 14 years. He worked with Croteam back when he worked at Gathering of Developers, and was set to publish Croteam's Unnamed Military Shooter with GameCock, another publishing group started by him. His previous work made his company a natural choice for publishing the latest Serious Sam games.

While Devolver Digital has a few people working at it, their best known “employee” is Fork Parker, a REAL character NOT made by Devolver that serves as their CFO. Fork Parker has his own Twitter account, where he shows the world how sexy he is, posts things about video games he likes and dislikes, and tries to irritate nerds. A trailer for Serious Sam 3 has also been made under his name, showing off some totally sweet things, like sick nasty gore effects, topless bird women and really cool post-processing effects like making footage play backwards.

Devolver Digital has played an important role in the development of recent Serious Sam games, as they spearheaded the Serious Sam Indie Series, which lead to the creation of Serious Sam: Double D, Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack and Serious Sam: The Random Encounter. Their unofficial mascot, Fork Parker, has also appeared in several Serious Sam games, such as The Random Encounter and as a player model in Serious Sam 3: BFE.

Currently, they are interesting in expanding to publishing and financing games from other indie developers. To facilitate this, they have set up a bus near Game Developer Conference 2012 that will let indie developers walk in and pitch a game to members of Devolver Digital's staff. If they like it, they'll help finance and publish it.

MarketingEdit

Despite being a small publishing firm, they have made quite a few notable advertisements for Serious Sam games.

They are the people behind the unusual advertisements for Serious Sam HD and Serious Sam 3: BFE. They were the ones who thought up the original infomercial-style ads for Serious Sam HD. These ads featured things such as a Serious Sam HD-themed singalong, customer testimonials, and a series of fake infomercials involving an unhinged man rant and go crazy with footage of the HD version of Serious Sam: The Second Encounter played between his rants.

They decided to go a different route with Serious Sam 3: BFE. They made a series of videos called about people calling to a fictional helpline for Serious Sam 3, with a sassy guy on the other side Rich Knuckles, dispensing advice. They have also released more traditional trailers,

They also managed to have their own E3 booth at E3 2011 by renting out a part of a nearby hotel and inviting members of the gaming press to preview Serious Sam 3.

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