Social games maker Zynga on Monday announced that it bought
California-based A Bit Lucky and is adding the members of the small
studio to its San Francisco team.
Zynga's Bill Jackson said the
acquisition was part of a move to expand into new categories of play
with "mid-core, multi-platform" games.
A multi-player "Solstice Arena" title being worked on by A Bit Lucky will launch as a Zynga offering.
Bit Lucky was founded by Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard, and the
studio's staff of slightly more than 20 people includes veterans of game
companies such as Trion Worlds and Xfire.
various options and talking to a lot of interested partners, Jordan and I
are convinced Zynga is the best choice for us," Descamps said in an
"At Zynga we met people like us passionate, hardcore game
developers animated by a strong entrepreneurial spirit," he continued.
"It was a true meeting of the minds."
Developing richer, more
sophisticated games for the array of Internet-connected devices is part
of a move by Zynga to be less dependent on Facebook, where it rose to
stardom with hits such as "FarmVille" and "Poker."
Zynga recently hired "Mortal Kombat" series co-creator John Tobias to be part of its San Diego studio.
veteran Soren Johnson, who has worked on titles such as "Spore" and
"Civilization IV" working on a stealth project in Zynga's studio in
Zynga in March launched its own online playground at zynga.com.
shares were down three percent at $3.08 at the close of trading Monday
on the Nasdaq exchange. Zynga went public in December at $10 per share.