Tag:  acquisitions

A natural move for Zynga

Jan 30, 2014

Zynga is spending $527 million, to purchase NaturalMotion, developers of the hit CSR Racing franchise and the critically acclaimed Clumsy Ninja (well, we liked it).

NaturalMotion was founded by Torsten Reil, who utilized his PhD work at Oxford’s zoology department to create incredibly realistic and highly well-animated and lifelike mobile games, whether it be for horses, cars, or ninjas.

NaturalMotion brings pretty highly-coveted, high quality mobile franchises, filling a huge hole in Zynga’s current mobile roster (which a cynic would criticize as being derivative). It’s a good, but very expensive buy.

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Kabam acquires Wild Shadow Studios, makers of Realm of the Mad God

Jun 19, 2012

Kabam, makers of social and free-to-play games like The Godfather and Kingdoms of Camelot, have acquired Wild Shadow Studios, best known for the highly popular online combat game Realm of the Mad God.

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Is Nexon about to buy EA?

Apr 26, 2012

According to the rumor in a Bloomberg video report this morning, South Korean free-to-play giant Nexon made a bid to purchase North American game developer, Electronic Arts. While this news in itself is pretty unexpected, the fallout so far has been equally surprising.

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With $1.8 billion in cash, Zynga's OMGPOP acquisition was just the beginning

Apr 17, 2012

Just as the average Farmville junkie will stop at nothing to acquire the largest plot of land that they can, social games supergiant Zynga is only looking to expand their already enormous company. According to a report by Bloomberg, Zynga’s merger chief Barry Cottle is planning to step up the pace of acquisitions. It looks like that lucrative $200 million dollar deal for OMGPOP was only the beginning.

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King.com getting into mobile with Fabrication Games acquisition

Mar 13, 2012

News has just broken that Facebook power-player King.com has acquired mobile developer Fabrication Games in an effort to establish a presence on iOS and Android devices. Don’t feel bad if you don’t recognize the Fabrication name, they’re a smaller studio (only 12 employees) based in Sweden. The company has published a few smaller-scale games such as Bugfest and The Game Trail, but are still looking for their first big App Store hit.

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Big Fish Games acquires Card Ace: Casino maker Self Aware Games

Mar 6, 2012

Casino games have been exploding in popularity recently, and now it looks like Big Fish Games might be getting into the game after acquiring Self Aware Games and its parent, Social Concepts. Self Aware's most notable release was Card Ace: Casino for iOS and Android platforms. Self-Aware's other projects include Fleck and Taxiball, and they’re also working on a location-based mobile MMO title.

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Burstly acquires TestFlight, launches TestFlight Live

Mar 6, 2012

This week is the Game Developers Conference (GDC) out in San Francisco, so we’re bracing for a whole rush of big stories to come out of the show this week. Well, the dam has officially broken, as we’ve just learned that Burstly has acquired iOS developer service TestFlight, and together the companies are launching TestFlight Live.

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Is Apple going to be overhauling the way apps are discovered?

Feb 29, 2012

As you may have heard by now, last week, Apple acquired Chomp – an app discovery engine. This strategic move will play a crucial role in Apple’s effort to renovate the App Store, particularly in search. TechCrunchreported the story first, stating, “investors should be very pleased with the outcome.” Since then, numerous other sources have estimated the deal to be in the ballpark of $50 million. After a record year in sales, Apple is sitting on about $100 billion in cash however they don’t generally put much emphasis on making acquisitions – this one is suspected to be a symbolic jab at Android. We’ll revisit that later. Other improvements we expect include; increased speed, interactivity, and a simpler design.


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Peak Games acquires Saudi Arabia's Kammelna Games

Feb 22, 2012

Peak Games, which has offices in Istanbul, Ankara, Amman, Barcelona and Berlin, is the fastest-growing games studio for emerging markets, including Turkey and Middle East North Africa (MENA). It's about to grow a little faster thanks to its recent acquisition of Kammelna Games, a social games company that's based in Saudi Arabia.

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