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Mergers and Acquisitions

World of Darkness photo
World of Darkness

White Wolf can still license World of Darkness to other publishers

Despite being bought by Paradox
Nov 23
// Joe Parlock
People got cautiously excited when Paradox bought the popular tabletop World of Darkness IP and its creator White Wolf last month. The publisher is known mainly for grand strategy games (developed in-house) as well as th...
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Activision offers to buy Candy Crush dev for $5.9 billion

Nov 02
// Mike Cosimano
Today, Activision revealed that it has agreed to purchase Candy Crush developer King for $5.9 billion -- that's one Oculus Rift plus one Minecraft with a cool $1.4 bil' left over for Grandma. Between this and Call o...
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Intel is selling Havok to Microsoft

Floppy bodies
Oct 02
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft is purchasing physics engine maker Havok from Intel for an undisclosed sum. The company confirmed with IGN that the technology will continue to be licensed to "the broad AAA games industry," including companies maki...
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Update: Razer/Ouya deal means no money for indies, devs encouraged to not talk to press

Free the Games fund goes kaput?
Jul 28
// Mike Cosimano
[Update: In a call with Polygon, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan confirmed that the company would be looking into fulfilling the contracts made by Ouya. "We are going to try and make good on this fund and give these developers an opt...

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Sony Online Entertainment

SOE sold by Sony, sees a new dawn as Daybreak Game Company

Sounds like plans for Xbox are in the works
Feb 02
// Brett Makedonski
Sony Online Entertainment -- developer of popular MMOs such as PlanetSide 2, Everquest, and H1Z1 -- is no longer a part of Sony's stable of studios. After 20 years, SOE has been offloaded. Sony recently sold its subsidia...
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Examining what's behind the $12.5 billion in game company acquisitions last year

Chinese folding ownership away from traditional markets
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
Digi-Capital, a London based firm, stated in its second-quarter report that mobile gaming has been the source of the largest amount of companies changing hands with $4.6 billion in deals in the past year. Closely following ar...
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Perfect World and a chicken meat vendor want to buy Warframe dev Digital Extremes

If it means the sequel has a bunch of chickens running around, yes please
Jul 04
// Steven Hansen
Perfect World is the publisher of Blacklight: Retribution and, uh, Perfect World. Sumpo Food is "one of the well-known chicken meat products suppliers in Fujian" and "44th out of 90 amongst the Competitive Enterpris...
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YouTube reportedly in talks to buy Twitch for $1 billion

Google x Twitch
May 19
// Jordan Devore
Google buying Twitch. Well, that's one way to scale. Sources with Variety say that Google's YouTube is working to acquire the streaming video site for "more than $1 billion" and preparing for U.S. regulators to challenge the ...
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AMZN buys Double Helix

Amazon acquires Double Helix Games

Killer Instinct and Strider developer purchased by e-commerce company
Feb 05
// Alessandro Fillari
It's been known that Amazon has had its eye on diversifying into the gaming space. Not just from a sales standpoint, but for publishing and producing its own unique titles. And now, the mega online retailer has made its first...
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Atlus is free to revive classic Sega brands

Naoya Tsurumi talks business as usual with Atlus and giving access to dormant IPs
Nov 29
// Alessandro Fillari
When Sega purchased Index Holdings along with Atlus back in September, many fans of the niche company were worried about the future of their beloved library of titles. Fast forward to today, it all looks like it's busine...
 photo acquires Gas Powered Games

Gas Powered Games lives on
Feb 14
// Patrick Hancock
Gas Powered Games, the team behind the Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander franchises, has been bought by World of Tanks creator Gas Powered Games has had recent trouble staying afloat, with a la...
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Microsoft + Sega

Microsoft didn't acquire Sega because it lacked 'muscle'

Reportedly didn't have 'enough muscle to eventually stop Sony'
Feb 08
// Jordan Devore
Former VP of Windows sales at Microsoft Joachim Kempin spoke with IGN about Microsoft's entrance into the videogame console market, prior to committing to the Xbox, saying: "There were three companies at that point in time, I...
Suda 51 photo
Suda 51

Grasshopper Manufacture merging with Ragnarok publisher

Does this mean punk is dead?
Jan 30
// Kyle MacGregor
GungHo Online Entertainment, the company behind the Ragnarok series, has announced plans to merge with Killer is Dead developer Grasshopper Manufacture. The companies hope the move will enhance their respective stre...
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Wargaming acquires Day 1

Wargaming is getting into console development with Day 1

Day 1 Studios becomes Wargaming West
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
Known for its "World of" games, including World of Tanks, free-to-play MMO developer Wargaming is now expanding its reach with an acquisition of Day 1 Studios for the express purpose of developing a new game for consoles. "Th...

Epic Games adds Impossible Studios, former Big Huge staff

Aug 09
// Dale North
Epic Games' latest addition to their network is Impossible Studios, a Maryland-based development team. Impossible consists of former employees of Big Huge Games, makers of RTS and role-playing titles like Rise of Nations, Cat...

Wargaming acquires middleware company BigWorld for $45m

Aug 07
// Dale North
Wargaming has been working with Australian middleware company BigWorld for some time now. Their top title, World of Tanks, uses BigWorld software, and the backend of World of Warplanes and World of Warships will also benefit ...

inFAMOUS dev Sucker Punch bought by Sony

Aug 02
// Jim Sterling
In news that isn't shocking on the face of things, but is still a big deal, Sony has acquired PS3-exclusive developer Sucker Punch. None of you are surprised, but all of you recognize this is news. Isn't that weird? Sucker Pu...

Perfect World buys Star Trek Online maker Cryptic Studios

May 31
// Conrad Zimmerman
Chinese MMO publisher Perfect World has made an agreement to purchase Cryptic Studios, makers of Star Trek Online, from Atari. The sale, which is currently pending some closing conditions, is reported to have been made for 35...

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