COMPUTEC MEDIA AG

COMPUTEC MEDIA AG

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Company Overview
Computec Media AG, with registered headquarters in Fьrth, Germany, is engaged in the creation and publication of media content, with a focus on magazines and Websites providing information on the world of electronic entertainment. It was incorporated in the year 1988.
The company is a Germany-based specialist publishing company. It is the leading media publisher of computer and video games magazines in Germany. Computec Media operates in two divisions namely Existing Business Magazines & New Business Magazines.
Computec Media’s magazine portfolio is comprised of 14 publications, including: SFT, which combines coverage of video games, films and new technology; PC Games, which provides information about games for personal computers; PC Games Hardware, which provides hardware advice, tests and reviews for computer game players; PC Action, a magazine aimed at the online community of three-dimensional action game players; Kids Zone, which focuses on the market for gamers between the ages of six and 14; and WIDESCREEN, which covers new cinema and DVD releases.
Computec Media’s magazines and digital media (DVD/Online) dealing with the world of electronic entertainment reach an audience of millions. SFT Spiele Filme Technik, the company’s consumer electronics and digital lifestyle magazine offers entertaining and expert buying advice, backed up by the latest test criteria. SFT discusses current topics and technology trends from the worlds of CE digital products and solutions and the IT and telecommunications sectors, in a way which readers can comprehend and from which decision-makers can easily benefit. Computec Media is the IFA’s exclusive business partner for congresses. IFA is the world’s largest Consumer Electronics trade fair. The company is also a strategic partner to the Messe Berlin exhibition company.
Computec Media also has an online presence through a number of specialist Websites and it has two wholly owned domestic subsidiaries namely, CMS Media Services GmbH, acquired in 2005, and Computec Internet Agency GmbH.
The company is an affiliate of Marquard Media AG (in Zug, Switzerland), a European media company, which, as well as in the core market Germany, Switzerland, Austria, is also active in Poland and Hungary in the media domains Magazines, New Media and Radio.
Business Summary
The Company is a Germany-based company engaged in the creation and publication of media content, with a focus on magazines and Websites providing information on the world of electronic entertainment. The Company’s magazine portfolio is comprised of 14 publications, including: SFT, which combines coverage of video games, films and new technology; PC Games, which provides information about games for personal computers; PC Games Hardware, which provides hardware advice, tests and reviews for computer game players; PC Action, a magazine aimed at the online community of three-dimensional action game players; Kids Zone, which focuses on the market for gamers between the ages of six and 14, and WIDESCREEN, which covers new cinema and DVD releases. The Company also has an online presence through a number of specialist Websites.
Description and history
The Company is a Germany-based company engaged in the creation and publication of media content, with a focus on magazines and Websites providing information on the world of electronic entertainment. The Company’s magazine portfolio is comprised of 14 publications, including: SFT, which combines coverage of video games, films and new technology; PC Games, which provides information about games for personal computers; PC Games Hardware, which provides hardware advice, tests and reviews for computer game players; PC Action, a magazine aimed at the online community of three-dimensional action game players; Kids Zone, which focuses on the market for gamers between the ages of six and 14, and WIDESCREEN, which covers new cinema and DVD releases. The Company also has an online presence through a number of specialist Websites. Computec Media is based in Fuerth, Bavaria and has two wholly owned domestic subsidiaries. Global players such as Sony (PlayStation), Nintendo (Nintendo 64, GameBoy), Sega (Saturn, Dreamcast), Microsoft and other developers have turned computer and video games into a market with worldwide sales of over DM 30 billion (1997). This corresponds to an average growth rate of 25.8% since 1995 alone. Computer and video games have been in fashion for many years. The increasingly rapid technological development in the chip market (Intel, AMD) and in other components (CD-ROM drives, sound and graphics peripherals) makes it possible for software developers to create ever more fascinating game experiences, and to appeal to a wider target group year by year. The Company’s shares were listed on Frankfurt Stock Exchange on December 1, 1998, under the code of 544100. The Company is based in Fuerth, Bavaria and has two wholly owned domestic subsidiaries.

HISTORY:

1989 Founding of Computec Verlag GmbH & Co. KG by Christian Geltenpoth and Gong Verlag GmbH. Publishing of digital magazines on disc for the systems Amiga, Atari (1990) and PC (1990).

1991 Entry into the market for computer and video games magazines with PLAY TIME. 1992 Introduction of titles AMIGA GAMES and PC GAMES. Computec is the first publisher to include data media (discs) in its publications.

1993 Entry into the market for video games magazines with SEGA MAGAZIN (official license) and MEGA FUN.

1994 Opening up of the market for specialist information for the trade with MCV MARKT FUR COMPUTER- UND VIDEOSPIELE.

1996 Expansion of the business unit ONLINE (Online gaming, presentation of the magazine on the Internet); publishing of the games magazine PC ACTION.

1997 Publishing of the Nintendo magazine N-ZONE. Expansion of business activities (license marketing, production and sales). Marketing of the first ONLINE GAME.

1998 Publishing of the video games magazine PLAYSTATION GAMES. Restructuring of the company into COMPUTEC MEDIA AG.

6/14/2006 Acquisition of stocks in sqoops GmbH

2/27/ 2007 Announcement of increasing in Shareholding in sqoops GmbH


Description in German
COMPUTEC MEDIA ist Medienanbieter im Bereich PC- und Videospiele. Das 1989 gegruendete Unternehmen konnte in seiner Entwicklung starke Zeitschriftenmarken etablieren, die heute das Kerngeschaeft darstellen. Das Flaggschiff ist ‘PC Games’, das seit seiner Erstausgabe im September 1992 eine fuehrende Position im Markt fuer PC-Spiele-Magazine einnimmt. Auch in allen anderen Segmenten (Nintendo, Sony) beansprucht COMPUTEC MEDIA mit speziellen Publikationen Fuehrungspositionen.
30/11/2001 RD
Business Line
Engaged in the creation and publication of media content, with a focus on magazines and Websites providing information on the world of electronic entertainment
Subsidiary
CMS MEDIA SERVICES GMBH
Advisor
BANSBACH SCHUBEL BROSZTL & PARTNER GMBH WIRTSCHAFTSPRUFUNGSGESELLSCHAFT STEUERBERATUNGSGESELLSCHAFT
IPO date
11/30/1998
US SIC Code
2721
Company Address
DR. MACK STRASSE 77

City province or state postal code
90762, FЬRTH
Phone: +49 911 2872 100
Fax: +49 911 2872 200
Country address: GERMANY
Website url: www.computec.de