In what seems to be an odd move, Germany-based developer and gaming company, Bigpoint Games, have decided to acquire Little World Studio, a mobile game developer based in Lyon, France.
Two years ago, Bigpoint stepped away from mobile game development after a restructuring of their management which included the resignation of their founder and CEO, Heiko Hubertz. But it seems that the new management has different plans this time as they chose to get a foot on the mobile gaming industry.
In an interview with Techcrunch, Khaled Helioui, who became the new CEO of Bigpoint after Hubertz? resignation, said ?the decision to stop mobile development was perceived as counterintuitive back then, rightly so considering the market trends, but we needed to focus our talent on our existing portfolio to rebuild the processes we then lacked as a foundation to develop better titles.?
He mentions that they needed to focus on producing high-quality games, which has always been one of the company?s core values. This time, the German firm feels they are ready to reenter the world of mobile games.
Little Worlds Studio has more than 10 years of experience in developing mobile games. Some of their popular titles include Mana Crusher and Color Cross. After the acquisition, Helioui says the public should expect new and original content from the developer. He did not disclose any details about the acquisition though.
Despite the venture, Helioui believes that they are still in a challenging situation. ?There is no denying that market conditions remain challenging for most players,? he says. ?While the games industry is expected to grow by 8 percent this year, reaching 81 billion USD, the vast majority of that growth is concentrated in Asia, with over 80 percent of the growth, from a geographic standpoint and on mobile platform wise in the west.?
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