Riverside Marches To Another Deal
Latest Acquisition Provides Military Simulation and Virtual Training Product
The Riverside Company has invested in Bohemia Interactive Simulations s.r.o. (Bohemia), the market leading innovator, developer and provider of games for training technology and interactive simulation systems sold to defense, emergency and mission-critical customers. Bohemia supplies the U.S. Department of Defense, UK Ministry of Defense, Australian Defense Force and a range of other international clients. Bohemia’s flagship product, Virtual Battle space 2 (VBS2) is the de-facto industry standard within its segment.
VBS2 (http://products.bisimulations.com) is a fully interactive, three-dimensional training and simulation system suitable for a wide range of military or commercial training and experimentation purposes, particularly for tactical training and mission rehearsal scenarios.
Bohemia was founded in 2001 in Australia, and has since 2007 been led by CEO Pete Morrison, who was previously a Captain in the Australian Army. In the army, Mr. Morrison was involved with delivering game-based training to soldiers as a part of mission rehearsal exercises for deployments to Iraq. Once retired from the armed forces, Mr. Morrison and Bohemia CTO, Dr. Mark Dzulko, saw tremendous growth opportunity in the simulation field, as the provision of high-quality training across a wide range of skills and scenarios was critical to the effectiveness of modern militaries. Together, they fostered an alliance with Bohemia Interactive Studio, the producer of the popular Arma series of entertainment games based on simulating military combat, and grew Bohemia as a joint venture.
Bohemia’s central sales offices are in the U.S., part of the Team Orlando area of excellence for military simulation technology. In addition, Bohemia has major sales and operations offices in the UK, Australia, Czech Republic, and, most recently, Poland, with plans for further international expansion.