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Zynga Acquires A Bit Lucky

by on September 17, 2012

A Bit Lucky_Team Photo

At Zynga, we want to deliver the best social games to as many audiences as possible, and we’ve been hard at work to expand into new categories of play. I’m excited to share some news about a new category that you may have heard us hint at before: mid-core, multi-platform games.

Today we’re proud to announce the small acquisition of mid-core, multiplatform games developer A Bit Lucky, an incredibly talented studio based out of San Mateo, Calif. The team is made up of game veterans from companies like Trion Worlds and Xfire and brings with it two extremely talented founders –Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard. All 20+ of A Bit Lucky’s employees will become part of Zynga San Francisco.

The team is working on Solstice Arena, an awesome multi-player (and multi-platform) game, and they’ll continue development of Solstice Arena as part of Zynga.

A Bit Lucky joins many of the talented teams and individuals working on new categories of play for Zynga.

Most recently, we hired John Tobias, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, who joins Mark Turmell in our Zynga San Diego studio as Creative Director and is already working on a cool new mid-core game. Soren Johnson, another respected industry leader, recently joined Zynga East in Baltimore and is working on a stealth project as well.

On behalf of everyone at Zynga, we’re proud to welcome A Bit Lucky to the family. I’d like to end this post with an email from Frederic Descamps, CEO of A Bit Lucky to his close friends in the industry.

Zynga and A Bit Lucky join forces on mid-core multi-platform gaming

Jordan and I have a great piece of news: A Bit Lucky and Zynga are teaming up! Today, Zynga is announcing the acquisition of A Bit Lucky and, as of this week, all 20+ of A Bit Lucky’s employees will become part of Zynga San Francisco.

After exploring various options and talking to a lot of interested partners, Jordan and I are convinced Zynga is the best choice for us.

Zynga sees something very special in A Bit Lucky and the team we have assembled. Likewise, why we picked Zynga is pretty simple: it was truly a meeting of the minds.

At Zynga, we met people like us: passionate hardcore game developers animated by a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

We greatly enjoyed exchanging with Bill Jackson, Steve Chiang, Mark Skaggs, all folks with very impressive gaming pedigrees.

Especially, meeting Mark Pincus was a turning point for us.

His passion to define a new way to play and his entrepreneurial drive are very contagious. Jordan and I are excited to work with them every day to build great mid-core multi-platform games and grow this new category together.

We are very excited about this new adventure, and we’re looking forward to launching Solstice Arena as part of Zynga! As usual, feel free to send us your resumes if you want to join us on this new adventure.

Jordan and I would like to thank our investors and our advisors (David Lawee, Daniel Kim, David Helgason, Larry Chu, Andrew Trader) for their support, as well as the entire team at A Bit Lucky for all their dedication and hard work!

Thanks!

Cheers,

Frederic & Jordan

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