While not quite the Ides of March, yesterday proved to be an interesting opening to the month. First up – MindJolt. Former MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe announced that he’s acquired social gaming company MindJolt for an undisclosed amount. Not going completely solo on the acquisition, DeWolfe cites “financial support” from Austin Ventures. This acquisition falls in line with DeWolfe’s organization, formerly known as Platform G. Going forward, the company will now assume the name of the recently acquired MindJolt. As part of the deal, Austin Ventures’ Chris Pacitti and Tom Ball will join the board of directors at MindJolt.
“MindJolt has quickly become an ‘onramp’ to the Internet for the world’s independent game developers,” said DeWolfe, now CEO of MindJolt, in a press statement. “We’re building out the company to become the next generation platform for game developers. Our goal is to make it even easier for developers to get their games noticed and make more money from their work. At the same time we will deliver the most social and viral gaming experiences to our millions of users everywhere.”
Currently, MindJolt aggregates 1300+ casual and social games from over 1000 developers on it’s web platform and Facebook app. Clocking in around 20 million active monthly users, MindJolt currently enjoys a 7 percent growth rate per week.
And in other news….
Social games maker Playdom announced that as of yesterday they’ve acquired Offbeat Creations for, as with the MindJolt deal, an “undisclosed sum.” Playdom has been primarily focusing their efforts on MySpace gaming, while Offbeat Creations currently has 8 titles on Facebook. What better way to enter a competitive market than through an acquisition, eh?
“We have aggressive plans to expand our social gaming footprint in 2010 and the addition of Offbeat Creations will significantly enhance our development throughput and expand Playdom’s game pipeline this year,” said John Pleasants, CEO of Playdom. “social gaming footprint,” sounds a whole lot like “Facebook” when said in the right light.
Offbeat Creations’ largest money-maker is Super Farkle, currently serving up around 1.5 million active month users, with 200k active daily users. Offbeat Creations’ former 12 staff members will now move right on down the road from Bellevue, WA to join Playdom’s headquarters in Seattle.