Lionsgate film studio opening new games division

Lionsgate, the film studio best known for The Hunger Games and Twilight, plans on entering the games space in a big way. Although the studio's biggest property has already received a mobile adaptation, the studio plans on investing more heavily in development by opening a new gaming division.

To helm their new gaming division, Lionsgate has appointed Nerdist Industries co-founder Peter Levin to lead the division.

"Gaming has become one of the most explosive growth areas of the content business, and Peter's mandate will be to build a portfolio of premium digital properties as we expand our leadership in films and television programming into digital content as well," Lionsgate chief executive Jon Feltheimer told VentureBeat.

Lionsgate owns other properties like Divergent and The Expendables, both which could be easily adapted into video games. According to Levin, the company is exploring all options for games, including first-party development and licensing. "As the home of intellectual property like The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Divergent franchises and a diversified portfolio of television programming, Lionsgate's opportunities to extend its leadership and innovation into the gaming space and other interactive platforms is limitless," he said.