April 11, 2022 (Tokyo, Japan) – ArtSpark Holdings Inc. and Wacom Co, Ltd. announced today that the two companies have agreed to form an equity and business alliance. ArtSpark will issue new shares equal to 5% of its current number of share units through a third-party grant, and Wacom will purchase the newly issued shares. In addition, Wacom will purchase shares of ArtSpark on the stock market, where Wacom’s combined equity ratio is limited to less than 10%.

ArtSpark and Wacom have a long history of collaboration, including bundling Wacom’s pen tablets with “CLIP STUDIO PAINT”, the illustration, manga and animation application from CELSYS, Inc., owned by ArtSpark. Both companies are proud of their combined efforts to nurture and lead the development of the world’s creative communities over the past 20 years.

The alliance will strengthen the collaboration between the two companies. ArtSpark and Wacom strive to deliver meaningful and valuable experiences to partners and customers, through efforts in applications and services leveraging technology developments in which both companies are involved, as well as projects that Wacom has conducted with other industry players.

As such, ArtSpark and Wacom will implement the initiatives listed below, with the aim of contributing to the sustainable growth of global creative industries through Japanese illustration and manga culture, as well as developing and providing solutions to support new business workflows and new ways of learning. In addition, the two companies will help creators and community partners to carry out their creative activities throughout their careers, developing technologies that meet future needs and implementing them in products, forging new paths. value creation while protecting their copyrights.

(1) Co-development of creative work/experience through the combination of Wacom products and CLIP STUDIO PAINT, for educational and other specific purposes.
(2) Co-development to bring new values ​​through a combination of KISEKI ART service and CLIP STUDIO PAINT.
(3) Implementation of digital artwork rights and authorship protection and management technologies in CLIP STUDIO PAINT, and review of related service operations.
(4) Collaboration and development to enable new creative workflows through the combination of Wacom products, new features and CLIP STUDIO PAINT.
(5) Co-development and proposal of partner companies through the combination of Wacom products and CLIP STUDIO PAINT.

In addition to the above, the two companies will work on continued co-development towards improving the user experience through a combination of Wacom products and CLIP STUDIO PAINT.

*The KISEKI ART service is an R&D effort to visualize the contexts of creators’ works in order to exploit and realize new values/experiences for creators and creative fans.

“As an instrument provider dedicated to supporting our customers throughout their lives, Wacom creates and delivers valuable experiences based on technology innovation, and we learn a lot with diverse communities in pursuit of meaningful growth and multidimensional for people and society as a whole,” said Nobutaka Ide, CEO and representative director of Wacom. “We believe that we can create and deliver truly meaningful handwriting and drawing experiences to our customers through the alliance with ArtSpark and we can grow together in the future, learning from each other,” he added.

“ArtSpark’s subsidiary, CELSYS, Inc., is dedicated to supporting artists’ creative pursuits in graphic arts as well as content distribution through digital technologies. I look forward to seeing what this alliance has in store for us, further deepening the partnership between two companies and accelerating the challenge of delivering new values ​​and experiences to artists and our audiences,” said Kei Narushima, President and Managing Director of ArtSpark.

About Wacom

Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world supporting marketing and distribution in more than 150 countries and regions. It is the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. Wacom’s advanced intuitive input device technology has been used to create some of the world’s most exciting digital arts, film, special effects, fashion and designs and offers business and home users their technology to advanced interface to express their personality. The company also offers its products as OEM solutions to major manufacturers serving incremental markets. Wacom’s interface technology, called Wacom Feel IT technologies, is also offered as an integrated solution to strategic partners. Most tablet and computer manufacturers rely on advanced features and reliability to deliver a superior user interface experience. Wacom is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Prime Market (No. 6727).

For more information please contact:
Corporate Communications, Wacom Co., Ltd [email protected] +81-3-5337-6702

About ArtSpark Holdings
Focused on the pursuit of R&D and the implementation of graphic technology, ArtSpark Holdings offers its services to clients around the world through two distinct business units: the Creator Support Unit and the UI Unit. /UX. The Creator Support Unit, operated by Celsys, offers the illustration, manga and animation application, Clip Studio Paint, as well as e-book solutions that facilitate content distribution, supporting the entire creative pipeline, from content creation to global access and distribution. consumer base.

For more information please contact:
ArtSpark Holdings Inc. [email protected]


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