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A2M Acquires Wanako Games

by Rainier on Nov. 20, 2008 @ 2:40 p.m. PST

Canadian indie developer A2M has acquired Chile based Wanako Games from Activision Blizzard. Known for Xbox Live Arcade such as Assault Heroes and 3D Ultra Mini Golf Adventures, Wanako Games was acquired by Sierra back in 2007 but was put up for sale after Vivendi merged with Activision earlier this year, and is currently working on 3D Ultra Mini Golf 2.

With this transaction, A2M is expanding its offering across Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) and Playstation Network (PSN), using Wanako's established TONGAS game framework, while entering a growing market segment which complements its existing portfolio.

"The acquisition of Wanako Games is an opportunity to work with an experienced, motivated team, and to add successful downloadable games to our portfolio, including Assault Heroes 2 and 3D Ultra Mini Golf 2, said Remi Racine, A2M's President and CEO. The addition of downloadable content to our game offering has been part of our growth strategy. We couldn't miss this opportunity to provide A2M with a strong foot hold in the downloadable space and access to a great talent pool."

"We couldn't be happier to be joining A2M, commented Tiburcio de la Carcova, Wanako Studio Head. The complementarities of our titles, target markets and technologies, combined with our understanding of the license-based development, are paving the way to a solid alliance between the studios. In addition, we have developed relationships with prestigious universities and art schools in Chile, which will bring new approaches and favor exchange between the two cities."

Wanako Games has worked with the main console technologies, particularly Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Since its foundation in 2002, the studio has developed 15 titles, including renowned brands, original Intellectual Properties and blockbuster franchises. Wanako Games' portfolio includes 3D Ultra Mini Golf Adventures and Assault Heroes, and is currently working on 3D Ultra Mini Golf 2 as well as an unannounced XBLA/PSN title.

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