Funcom takes $10.6 million investment ahead of licensing pushNorwegian developer has co-founded a company to manage interactive rights of Robert E. Howard IPsMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 18th December 2017Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleFuncomFuncom has taken on $10.6 million in new funding, in part to fund a push into licensing and co-development through a new company, Heroic Signatures.Heroic Signatures will hold and manage the interactive rights to IPs based on the work of Robert E. Howard, and the Swedish original pen & paper and board games. This includes Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane and Mutant Chronicles, as well as Dark Agnes, Kult, Kull of Atlantis, Mutant: Year Zero, and El Borak.Funcom will own 50 per cent of Heroic Signatures, which will control the rights for these properties to be used in video games on all platforms.Rui Cassais, CEO of Funcom, said: “Any developer or publisher will be able to license these properties, and our ambition is to see a multitude of games grow from these worlds and to see the properties strengthened across the board to the benefit of everyone who works with them.”Related JobsExecutive Producer for DUNE Oslo, Norway FuncomLead Game Data Analyst FuncomSenior Producer Oslo, Norway FuncomDiscover more jobs in games The foundation of Heroic Signatures is one aspect of a broader strategy at Funcom around co-development and working with third-party developers. The first of these projects, which will be published by Funcom, will be unveiled next year.Funcom has taken a $10.6 million investment from SwedBank Robur Fonder AB, which will help to fund both this strategy and production of Funcom’s own projects. SwedBank fund manager Erik Sprinchorn called the investment “a new giant leap in Funcom’s turnaround,” following the firm reporting its most profitable first-half of the year ever in 2017.Funcom rebranded in August this year, when we spoke exclusively to CEO Rio Cassais.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesTencent bids to acquire 100% of FuncomProposed deal would value the Norwegian studio at around $148 millionBy Matthew Handrahan A year agoTencent acquires minority stake in FuncomChinese gaming giant becomes largest single shareholder of Conan Exiles devBy Haydn Taylor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.