SouthPeak gobbles up Gamecock

Independent publishers combine to create larger company; Legendary and Mushroom Men still due out this quarter.

In February 2007, two former Gathering of Developers executives cofounded Gamecock Media Group, a company aimed at promoting independently developed games and tackling what it saw as a "bloated and originality-starved industry." Mike Wilson and Harry Miller based Gamecock in Austin, Texas, and announced that such games as Fury and Insecticide were in development.

The company built on Gathering of Developers' legacy by hosting events such as a "funeral" for E3 after the 2007 show. Gamecock has several titles on its publishing roster, including Spark Unlimited's Legendary (in the US), Red Fly Studios' Mushroom Men games for the Wii and DS, and Wideload's Hail to the Chimp.

Today, SouthPeak Games, part of SouthPeak Interactive Corporation, announced that it has acquired Gamecock Media Group. The Virginia-based publisher, which published Two Worlds, Monster Madness: Grave Danger, and B-Boy, said in a statement that, "Gamecock brings us a solid slate of upcoming titles...and supports our strategy of working with independent developers."

Mergers have been commonplace in the games industry of late. Koei and Tecmo recently announced that they were to combine their businesses, and the coming together of Activision and Vivendi (owners of Blizzard) has created a gaming behemoth. Although Take-Two has decided to repel EA's advances and go it alone, many other gaming companies may be looking to mergers to shore up their finances, especially as market declines have hit shares in games firms.

No financial details of the deal were released, but Mike Wilson, CEO of Gamecock, said that, "combining our team with theirs results in a very strong and well-rounded force in the market."

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78 comments
Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

They should have followed the headline with num num num num num....

krunkattack
krunkattack

based on the title, i thought this article was some kind of joke!

necronaux
necronaux

Took a while to actually be able to read this article. The parental block on my PC kept kicking in.

-NickJC1-
-NickJC1-

Headline was stolen from Eurogamer, they posted it first. Stealing other peoples funny's. :(

damaster101
damaster101

That title was hirlarious. And why is two worlds a related game to this article? In a way it did gobble many gamecocks.

Serpaidet
Serpaidet

GameFAQ's would moderate whoever posted that article. I however, laugh and enjoy what they in fact did there.

IvanKavinski
IvanKavinski

Wow, took some balls to word the headline that way...

CureForLiving
CureForLiving

Lets hope this means more original independent-type games with slightly bigger budget rather then gamecock starting to make less original titles. Oh and nice article title :P

a0me
a0me

I see what you did there.

DFalcon999
DFalcon999

Somewhere, Beavis and Butt-head are laughing at this article.

jomaster007
jomaster007

Is this like a dog whistle effect and they just don't hear it but we all can

jazilla
jazilla

silly gamespot and your cheeky article titles. you're all a bunch of lovable scamps!

SALVI202
SALVI202

lol damn i thought this was a porno game or something

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Well, I hope this means that more creative independent games get new life and funding and end up getting published. I really do think that the excessive focus on graphics have choked creativity and made publishers too risk-averse and unwilling to try to do new things. Now if only more developers would try to go the way of Bioware and Obsidian and release more quality CRPG-style choice and story-driven RPG's. That'd be nice.

bibliomaniac15
bibliomaniac15

I just realized that I need to get my mind out of the gutter.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

This proves people on GS have dirty minds, i actually didn't think much of it until you guys pointed it out.

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

the headline for this story is wrong in so many ways. lol. :lol:

Ardiendo_1
Ardiendo_1

I literally burst out laughing when I saw this headline. Calling themselves gamecock was the best PR move ever. I mean who doesn't know who they are now?

Elk
Elk

Great headline, LozzaGS has won the internet

SEEDman_X
SEEDman_X

I like the titles!! Most gamespot articles have fun titles, but this one is just about the best so far :-)

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

In "related content" to the right of the article..."Southpeak Games Announces Mister Slime Available Now" If Laura Jenner is adament about the gobbling of gamecock, she may get Mister Slime that was recently released

quietguy
quietguy

I don't know what astounds me more: Gamecock's supposed commitment to independency, or that half of users are only here to gawk at the article title & giggle like kids (half-true). IMHO. Gamecock's getting the forewarned taste of it's own medicine, which is bad.

hector530
hector530

"SouthPeak gobbles up Gamecock" wheres the link for the video?

ReaperV7
ReaperV7

*looks at title* /facepalm at Laura Jenner

valdarez
valdarez

That title is just wrong... gobbles up game cock

brownba3
brownba3

So will the name of the new company be Cock Peak?

okassar
okassar

ROFL!!!!Gamespot is frikkin' hilarious ahahaha "gobbles up Gamecock" I'm still cracking up lol.It's now come to the point where it's obviously on purpose lol,but it sure as hell made me open up the article.

fmobliv06
fmobliv06

i only read this because of the headline. this is the most inapropriate headline i've ever seen on gamespot; i hope it was intentional cuz otherwise i feel bad for the guy who wrote it. lol. also, i'd like to express my dissatisfaction at the lack of gamecock-gobbling going on here.

freakflows
freakflows

So what I get from this is that the new company gobbles gamecock. k

webby1
webby1

Hopefully it will help the quality of their games. And I know Laura did that on purpose, ahah.

Icehearted
Icehearted

"two horrible developers into one mega horrible company=even crappier games. hail to the chimp and two worlds? now together? please god spare the poor gamers who have to deal with enough bad taste gaming" Pretty much says it all.

73X
73X

What a kinky title.

SemiMaster
SemiMaster

I think the word "gobbles" made it worse.

chaoticchild555
chaoticchild555

Wow... wow, wow and more wow. Seriously GS!? Hahahaha, nice going! Rock on, hahaha!

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

A bunch of gamecock for gobbling...Laura Jenner, do you like the gobbling of gamecock?

spongeliv
spongeliv

SouthPeak gobbles up Gamecock? There's got to be a better way to say that.

Paladin_King
Paladin_King

Man, i can't believe GS actually went for that headline.

mykel77
mykel77

maybe it will call itself, " PEACOCK" as gamecock wasnt a bad name to begin with.

mykel77
mykel77

two horrible developers into one mega horrible company=even crappier games. hail to the chimp and two worlds? now together? please god spare the poor gamers who have to deal with enough bad taste gaming