Social games developer RockYou has recently announced that they’ve successfully acquired Manchester, England based developer Playdemic. As part of the deal, Playdemic will remain an independent operation, under the banner of A RockYou studio, and continue to develop Facebook games. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“At RockYou we place great value on the art of game-making,” said Jonathan Knight, RockYou’s SVP of Games in a statement, “and we’re elated to welcome the Playdemic team into our studio system. Playdemic will retain their culture and creative control, as they bring their significant game industry experience to making social games of today and tomorrow.”
This acquisition marks RockYou’s latest move in their quest to deliver high-quality, engaging social games. With the Playdemic acquisition, RockYou can now count established Facebook game Gourmet Ranch as one of their own. In addition to this popular title, RockYou has purchased a significant amount of talent with the Playdemic purchase. Staff members include amongst their resumes, time at Ubisoft, THQ, and Eidos. Games Workshop co-founder, and Eidos life president Ian Livingstone provided a significant amount of initial investment, and Playdemic CEO and Founder Paul Gouge will stay on as VP and General Manager.
“Being a part of RockYou gives us the opportunity to remain creatively independent, while leveraging RockYou’s vast network and expertise at scale to reach a wide audience with our games,” Paul Gouge said. “We see a massive opportunity to expand the depth and quality of social games, and have found an ideal partner in RockYou.”