Mobile-gaming developer Digital Chocolate is selling its 47-person Barcelona studio to French publisher Ubisoft (as first reported by TechCrunch).
In addition to the employees, Ubisoft also purchased the rights to Digital Chocolate Barcelona’s original properties. Those include mobile games like Army Attack, MMA Pro Fighter, and Zombie Lane.
We’ve contacted Ubisoft for comment on how it plans to use Digital Chocolate. We’ve also reached out to Digital Chocolate for comment on this deal. We will update with its response.
Digital Chocolate is a mobile developer based in San Mateo, Calif. It now maintains offices in California, Seattle, St. Petersburg, and Bangalore.
Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins founded Digital Chocolate in 2003. The company is probably best known for its feature-phone games like Tower Bloxx and Tornado Mania!. The company is struggling. It currently doesn’t have any games in the iOS highest-grossing charts.
In 2012, Hawkins stepped down as chief executive officer. The developer also closed its Helsinki office and laid off 180 people.