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MOTORSPORT GAMES COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF STUDIO 397

Kenny Paton

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MIAMI, FL — May 5, 2021 — Motorsport Games Inc. (NASDAQ: MSGM) (“Motorsport Games”), a leading racing game developer, publisher and esports ecosystem provider of official motorsport racing series throughout the world, today announced that it closed at the end of April 2021 the previously announced acquisition of Studio 397, the company behind the industry leading racing simulation platform, rFactor 2. Studio 397 will maintain its brand and name while continuing to develop the rFactor 2 platform, as well as working on other Motorsport Games titles.

This acquisition cements the long-term relationship formed between Motorsport Games and Studio 397. For over a year, the Netherlands-based developer has been providing its expertise in vehicle physics, tire modeling and AI for Motorsport Games’ upcoming reboot of the NASCAR video game franchise, due for release later in 2021. Studio 397 will also be central to the development of Motorsport Games’ forthcoming titles based upon licenses including the British Touring Car Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“The acquisition of Studio 397 is a significant advancement for us that we expect will help to deliver further value in our products,” said Dmitry Kozko, Chief Executive Officer of Motorsport Games. “We have boosted and diversified our product portfolio with the addition of the market leading rFactor 2 simulation platform, while at the same time added substantial video game development expertise and capabilities to our growing team.”

“Studio 397 shares our same passions for virtual racing and creating the best possible driving experiences for our players,” said Stephen Hood, President of Motorsport Games. “We originally chose to work with them on our new NASCAR game franchise to bring top class elements to the titles, as rFactor 2 has the best vehicle physics, AI and tire model available today. Therefore, when the opportunity arose to bring them into the Motorsport Games family, it made perfect sense to all parties.”

“We are delighted to become a part of the Motorsport Games family,” said Marcel Offermans, Director of Studio for Studio 397. “We remain committed to growing the rFactor 2 platform, as well as providing the base for the simulation components in all future Motorsport Games titles.”

In addition to game development, the acquisition of Studio 397 is expected to also positively impact Motorsport Games’ esports offerings. The incredibly successful 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual race and the Formula E Race at Home Challenge – both of which were operated by Motorsport Games – each raced using rFactor 2, which will now be the platform of choice for future esports events and projects.
 

Kenny Paton

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Studio 397 will also be central to the development of Motorsport Games’ forthcoming titles based upon licenses including the British Touring Car Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Could prove to be real winners if released as complete games like ACC.
 
If S397 and MSG release multiple titles does this not make rF slightly redundant? Surely one of the attractions of rF is multi series? For example as its so GT based will the le mans game not make it somewhat obsolete or a competitor of its own title?
 

Kenny Paton

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If S397 and MSG release multiple titles does this not make rF slightly redundant?
I think modding and a variety of choices will keep it relevant, since it looks like the others will be series focused, in the same way that ACC co exists with AC.
 
This is the first time in ages that I'm eagerly waiting for the next official NASCAR title.
I knew about the BTCC game but the Le Mans title is new to me. An official WEC game with rF2 tech under the hood (hopefully without its clumsyness) is a dream come true for me.
 

Kenny Paton

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This is the first time in ages that I'm eagerly waiting for the next official NASCAR title
Although I find watching Nascar rather boring I remember playing N2K3 and the original Nascar Heat was anything but, very intense racing and better AI than some of our modern games.
 
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