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Glu drops some big bucks, acquires GameSpy from IGN

Some interesting news today once again regarding Glu Mobile but this time it has nothing to do with zombies or shooting them in the face. This actually has to do with Glu decided to drop what must have been a decent chunk of change as they have just announced their acquisition of GameSpy from IGN.

Glu decided to take GameSpy off of IGN’s hands in order to strengthen their multiplayer functionality in their games on Android and iOS. It will also help Glu add in more cross-platform multiplayer functionality to their existing infrastructure. Basically they want to make their multiplayer features in current and future games a lot better and with new features thanks to GameSpy’s technology. So how much did Glu pay for GameSpy? We don’t know exact numbers yet but it must have been a good chunk.

Gun Bros is actually already using GameSpy since its launch but now that Glu owns GameSpy, they should be able to easily integrate more features for multiplayer in the rest of their games. You can check out the full press release below for further details. Any developers already using GameSpy in their games will see no disruption of service.

Developer Website: Glu Mobile

 

Glu Acquires GameSpy Technology to Expand Connected, Cross-Platform Mobile Leadership

GameSpy will help enhance Glu’s long-term product roadmap with robust, highly-scalable multiplayer functionality

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global developer and publisher of freemium games for smartphone and tablet devices, today announced that it has acquired GameSpy Technology from IGN Entertainment. GameSpy is one of the leading providers of technologies and services for multiplayer and server-based gaming across a wide array of platforms.

GameSpy services power online features that players now expect from games in a world of ubiquitous connectivity: multiplayer matchmaking, player statistics, individual player profiles, in-game buddy lists, leaderboards, and storage of game media, including screenshots, gameplay videos, and playable content.

“Our acquisition of GameSpy brings Glu industry-recognized leadership in online, cross-platform technology infrastructure,” said Niccolo de Masi, Chief Executive Officer of Glu. “GameSpy’s battle-tested team will enable Glu’s product roadmap to include robust and highly scalable multiplayer and social functionality. We expect that the acquisition of GameSpy will be earnings neutral in the near term. However, GameSpy team and technology is expected to help us drive higher monetization and lifetime value in Glu’s titles from 2013 on.”

GameSpy is already integrated in Glu’s Gun Bros Multiplayer on Android – launched in Q1 2012. In this update, players co-operate on missions and also compete in real-time head-to-head combat with their friends and other Gun Bros players. GameSpy functionality will be utilized in a number of Glu titles from 2012 and beyond.

Founded in 1997 and based in San Francisco, CA, GameSpy was acquired by IGN Entertainment in 2004. GameSpy’s technology has been licensed and integrated into more than 1,000 games. There will be no disruption in service to GameSpy’s current customers and contracts as a result of this acquisition by Glu.

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