English publisher and developer Team17 has purchased the “rights and assets” for chaotic golf simulator Golf With Your Friends for £12 million, according to a report from GamesIndustry.biz.
Golf With Your Friends is a long-tail title that was released in early access during 2016, but is still played and streamed regularly. The game was officially released in May 2020. Just like the title says, players engage in a rousing game of golf. The complication is that every course was designed by someone who wants the players to suffer. Additional mods can make the game even more wild, including changes like the golf ball becoming a golf square. The game’s success comes from this chaos; once players get past the saccharine surface, they find a hilarious but terrifying golf torture marathon.
“Over the last two years, GWYF has shown strong consumer demand and mass market appeal, doubling its owner base and achieving success on multiple gaming platforms,” Team17 CEO Debbie Bestwick said in a news release, according to GamesIndustry.biz. “GWYF is the type of IP we believe is right for ownership, it is successful and proven but still at the start of its journey. The team at Blacklight Interactive can be assured that we will take great care of this amazing IP.”