Wargaming.net, the developers behind the enormously successful MMO World of Tanks and the forthcoming World of Warplanes, has bought the struggling studio Gas Powered Games. GPG recently cancelled their Kickstarter for Wildman, which didn’t look like it was going to make its target, and in an emotional Kickstarter update a few days before, studio head Chris Taylor explained that he’d had to lay off the majority of his team.
Wargaming haven’t yet revealed how much they purchased GPG for, but Taylor will remain with the business. “Wargaming’s growth in recent years has been tremendous, and we’re looking forward to joining one of the fastest growing gaming companies in the world,” he said, in a short statement.
Wargaming also recently acquired another developer,Day One Studios, for $20 million and last year bought the middleware firm BigWorld for $45 million. BigWorld, who are based in Canberra, are responsible for much of the technology behind World of Tanks.
“Gas Powered Games has a long track record of providing incredibly engaging AAA gaming experiences and we can’t wait to start working with them,” said Victor Kislyi, Wargaming’s CEO.
We’ll have more on this as it develops.
Thanks to Gamesindustry.biz.