MARQUARD MEDIA GROUP AG LAYS FOUNDATION FOR STRONG GROWTH AT 4PLAYERS

Through the acquisition of 4Players GmbH in Germany by the newly founded 4Players AG in Switzerland, an independent growth foundation is laid for 4Players’ future development.

4Players reaches every month millions of enthusiastic unique gamers through its well-established brands: 4Netplayers, SCILL and its acclaimed digital magazine 4Players.de. Based on highly innovative solutions such as international server-hosting powered by advanced infrastructure and next-generation content-delivery technologies, pioneering community-fostering tools, as well as proprietary payments and e-commerce solutions, 4Players is recognized as a 360-degree gaming-dedicated service provider.

 Phillip Schuster, CEO and Co-founder, 4Players, comments: «I am very excited that the company that a group of passionate gamers and myself founded twenty years ago is now empowered to independently grow after it benefited for ten years of freenet AG’s guiding ownership and for the past ten years from Computec Media’s ambitious drive for expansion. For the 20th anniversary, we could not have imagined a better gift and directing signal for the future but to establish 4Players AG. Together with Marquard Media we are determined to continue the transformative path that started in 2017 and pursue the objective to firmly establish 4Players as a global leader for innovative solutions dedicated to gamers as well as the gaming industry. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all employees and partners that have shaped in the past and continue shaping our future. I look forward to 4Players future success.»

 Bijan Khezri, Group-CEO and co-owner, Marquard Media Group (MMG), comments: «4Players has been at the heart of the digital transformation that we introduced at MMG three years ago. MMG consists of six independent companies that have all followed three core principles in their pursuit of digital transformation: (1) our past legacy is not a contradiction but empowers the foundation for reinvention and future growth; (2) innovation is bottom-up and not top-down inspired; and (3) an integrated Group Management Board ensures that all potential resources within the Group as well as our ecosystems are optimally deployed to leverage Group synergies. 4Players and Phillip Schuster personally have played a prominent role in this process. The foundation of 4Players AG empowers growth beyond the limitations of Marquard Media Group.»