RockYou has announced the acquisition of 3 Blokes Studios, the developer behind the sci-fi strategy game Galactic Trader. According to RockYou, 3Blokes will continue to operate independently, working on combat and strategy focused social games.

In addition to Galactic Trader, the Brisband, Australia-based 3 Blokes has also worked on games like Hospital Town and Virtual Villagers. The studio originally formed in 2006.

“We were drawn to RockYou’s commitment to design-driven teams, and to bringing great games to the broadest Facebook market possible,” said George Fidler, VP and GM of 3 Blokes, a RockYou Studio, in a statement. “Being a RockYou Studio enables us to maintain our independence and innovate freely as we work to redefine the concept of a social game.”

Earlier this year RockYou acquired another studio, Playdemic, and the company has also signed a publishing deal with the John Romero-led studio Loot Drop to release its first game Cloudforest Expedition.