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Vivendi to sell Activision-Blizzard!?

June 8th, 2012 by Arjan Olsder Posted in Companies & M&A | No Comments »

A few years ago, the purchase of Activision-Blizzard turned Vivendi in the biggest games company ever. Now, it seems like Vivendi is interested in selling off the games division.

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Activision to Open new UK-Based Studio

May 22nd, 2012 by Arjan Olsder Posted in Companies & M&A | No Comments »

In an interview with Develop magazine, Martyn Brown is said to be helping Activision find new talent for a UK based game development studio. The new outfit will be dedicated to creating mobile games.

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China Finally Allows Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

May 20th, 2012 by Arjan Olsder Posted in Companies & M&A | No Comments »

Following grants from the EU and US, China now also approved the acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google. With this final approval in the pocket, Google can proceed with its plans to acquire Motorola Mobility for its IP and probably put the rest of Motorola Mobility back on sale ;-).

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Halfbrick Builds An Empire Through Fruit Ninja

May 13th, 2012 by Dawn Siris Posted in Companies & M&A | No Comments »

Would you ever have expected to find yourself slicing fruit on your PC, iPhone or other mobile device? Not many would but we all have to agree that the thrill you get from slicing fruit and dodging bombs is fantastic. And who have we to thank for such a strange combination? Halfbrick Studios, game developer, which was founded in 2001, in Queensland, Australia. If you were a fan of the nickelodeon games, you may be aware that it was this same developer who developed popular games such as Rocket Power: Beach Bandits and a few Avatar the Last Air bender games. Being one of the most downloadable mobile games in history, its only natural that many similar clones and other ways to play Fruit Ninja Online exist all over the web.

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Facebook Acquired Glancee

May 8th, 2012 by Arjan Olsder Posted in Companies & M&A | No Comments »

Only weeks after purchasing Instagram for a massive $1 billion, Facebook makes yet another mobile purchase. This time, the social network swallows Glancee. A social mobile service that has been running for about two years.

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Samsung Preparing for a Mobile Acquisition!?

May 6th, 2012 by Arjan Olsder Posted in Companies & M&A | No Comments »

Samsung is planning to take over a mobile company. Though it is unknown which company Samsung is to acquire, it won’t be RIM. Or at least that’s what Samsung’s mobile president J.K. Shin said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

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Fluik Makes Great Games Outa Real Life Nuisances!

May 3rd, 2012 by Dawn Siris Posted in Companies & M&A | No Comments »

It’s common in the work place to have someone who’s overachieving and who wants to be the boss under the boss. It can be a little irritating, but you know this type of person and he, or she makes you want to throw an egg upside his head. Let’s be realistic. You can’t do that. Or maybe you can? Fluik Entertainment Inc. sure thought you should, and to take not only vengeance on that little pest, but on other annoyances we can pick on. Fluik more accredited for their wacky games of real life nuisances such as The Office Jerk and the new iPhone hit Plumber Crack (yes, this is actually the game’s name!).

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Gree Acquires Funzio for $210m

May 2nd, 2012 by Arjan Olsder Posted in Companies & M&A | No Comments »

Gree has completed a new acquisition in the US market. Funzio, an outfit specialized in hardcore cross-platform social games, has been acquired by Gree for $210 million.

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PopCap Maintains Dominance through Plants vs. Zombies

April 24th, 2012 by Dawn Siris Posted in Companies & M&A | No Comments »

When a business launches its products, all it takes is just one of the products to hit it big with the market. PopCap is a company that develops a lot of the games you might have already played, responsible for such classics as Bejeweled, Feeding Frenzy 2 and Plants Vs Zombies. PopCap games are not only available for iOS as well as Android devices but have now taken over the gaming world by storm. A lot of the games that the company has released are available for the PC, PS3, Wii and even Xbox 360. While many titles are popular, the biggest game that the company has probably ever developed is Plants vs. Zombies which continues to be a hit in all platforms that it is available in. There is a little known fact unknown to handheld gadget users and that is this game was originally released for the PC, and not for the latter as most people commonly believe.

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Gree Invests in IUGO

April 19th, 2012 by Arjan Olsder Posted in Companies & M&A | No Comments »

Gree has announced a new, minority investment in the Vancouver based mobile development unit IUGO. The investment follows on Gree’s investment in HTML5 developer Wizcorp.

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