NZXT Announce Acquisition Of Streaming App Maker Forge

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅31.07.2018 22:54:28


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NZXT announced the acquisition of San Francisco-based Forge, a pioneer in creating tools for capturing and sharing PC gameplay. Both companies were founded with the goal of developing the PC as the most immersive, most social gaming platform.

Under the terms of the acquisition which closed on July 3, 2018, Forge's staff is joining the NZXT team in a variety of engineering and management roles. Johnny Hou, NZXT's founder, will continue in his current role as President and CEO. Jared Kim, founder of Forge, will assume the role of Vice President, Software at NZXT. Financial details of the deal are not available.

A vision for the future

NZXT has long been a proponent of the "smart PC" - a hardware platform driven by integrated software that removes the friction from building, managing, and using a PC. Setting up a gaming PC for optimal performance-everything from cooling to overclocking-has long been done manually, with knowledge gained through experience or study (or both). With the advances in cloud computing and machine learning, so much of what has traditionally been either an acceptance of the default setup or a learning curve to climb can be fully automated.

"At NZXT we feel that while the industry has made great strides in simplifying the experience of building and using a gaming PC, there is still an enormous opportunity for improvement" said Johnny Hou. "This partnership is another step in making the PC the best gaming platform. Bringing in the incredible talent and experience of the Forge team will help us advance the tools like CAM and Adaptive Noise Reduction that we already deliver, as well as position NZXT for the future."

All about the game

Forge committed itself to building a better social experience for PC gaming by developing tools that let gamers seamlessly capture moments of their gameplay in short, looping videos for sharing, or even streaming their full session directly to Twitch or YouTube. Their veteran team has built game capture, streaming, and in-game overlay technology that is used by tens of millions of gamers worldwide.

"Hardware complexity is a huge hurdle for many PC gamers and we plan to leverage software to reduce that problem," said Jared Kim. "The chance for our amazing software team to be directly involved in every facet of the development of PC gaming hardware is a unique opportunity. We are excited to work with NZXT to define their next generation of products."

"Forge was our second investment in Jared Kim who at a young age has already become a seasoned founder/ entrepreneur" said Tony Conrad, Partner at True Ventures. "We're thrilled for Jared and the Forge team. Through this acquisition, the team has found a kindred spirit in NZXT and we're excited to see what the pairing of these innovative hardware and a software PC gaming offerings will produce."


The website has been updated with the following message:

Forge has been acquired by NZXT

Dear Forge Users,

I'm excited to announce that Forge has been acquired by NZXT, a leader in PC gaming hardware known for their much-loved cases, lighting accessories, cooling systems, and more recently, their BLD service that builds and ships custom gaming PCs in 48 hours. The entire Forge team is joining NZXT to lead its software initiatives and help make the PC the best platform for gamers around the world.

As part of this transition, the Forge app will be winding down over the next 30 days and we've made it easy to get an export of any clips you've made on the service. Simply enter the username or email associated with your account in the form below and you will receive an email with your data. Please do this before September 1, 2018 as all user data will be wiped.

From the entire Forge team, thank you for being a part of our journey for the last 5 years. We're going to continue to work on some great software at NZXT and will incorporate our expertise & technology over time, so be sure to follow NZXT on social media for future updates and announcements:


Founder & CEO, Forge

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