|Piranha Bytes Software GmbH (1997–2002)|
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Pluto 13 GmbH, doing business as Piranha Bytes, is a German video game developer based in Essen. Founded in 1997, they are best known for their Gothic and Risen series of role-playing video games.
A video game developer is a software developer that specializes in video game development – the process and related disciplines of creating video games. A game developer can range from one person who undertakes all tasks to a large business with employee responsibilities split between individual disciplines, such as programming, design, art, testing, etc. Most game development companies have video game publisher financial and usually marketing support. Self-funded developers are known as independent or indie developers and usually make indie games.
Essen is the central and second largest city of the Ruhr, the largest urban area in Germany. Its population of 583,393 makes it the ninth largest city of Germany, as well as the fourth largest city of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. On the Ruhr and Emscher rivers, Essen geographically is part of the Rhineland and the larger Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region. The Ruhrdeutsch regiolect spoken in the region has strong influences of both Low German (Westphalian) and Low Franconian.
Gothic is an action role-playing game franchise, created and owned by Piranha Bytes. The latest release was published by Nordic Games.
In 1997, Michael Hoge, Tom Putzki, Stefan Nyul and Alex Brüggemann incorporated Piranha Bytes Software GmbH in Bochum, Germany.In 1999, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of German publisher Phenomedia. Following a financial scandal, Phenomedia filed for insolvency in May 2002, as a result of which Piranha Bytes' management formed a new, independent company titled Pluto 13 GmbH. In September 2002, Piranha Bytes acquired their trademarks, including the rights to their Gothic series, from Phenomedia, with Pluto 13 effectively adopting Piranha Bytes as their trading name. In March 2004, Piranha Bytes was among the founders of GAME Bundesverband.
Bochum is the sixth largest city of the most populous German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia after Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg, and its 364,920 (2016) inhabitants make it the 16th largest city of Germany. On the Ruhr Heights (Ruhrhöhen) hill chain, between the rivers Ruhr to the south and Emscher to the north, it is the second largest city of Westphalia after Dortmund, and the fourth largest city of the Ruhr after Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg. It lies at the centre of the Ruhr, Germany's largest urban area, in the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region, and belongs to the region of Arnsberg. It is surrounded by the cities of Herne, Castrop-Rauxel, Dortmund, Witten, Hattingen, Essen and Gelsenkirchen. Bochum is the sixth largest and one of the southernmost cities in the Low German dialect area. There are nine institutions of higher education in the city, most notably the Ruhr University Bochum, one of the ten largest universities in Germany, and Bochum University of Applied Sciences.
Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.
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