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Digital Chocolate sells its Barcelona studio to Ubiosoft

Digital Chocolate Barcelona's Zombie Lane for mobile.

Above: Digital Chocolate Barcelona's Zombie Lane for mobile.

Image Credit: Digital Chocolate
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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.

 

More information:

Digital Chocolate has rapidly emerged as a leader in cross-platform social games. Focused on bringing high quality social games with virtual goods across growing platforms using its proprietary technology platform, the company has made... read more »

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. Present in 28 countries with 26 studios and a distribution network that spans more than 55 territories, Ubisoft has won over gamers worldwi... read more »

Trip Hawkins is Chairman and CEO of Digital Chocolate, a creator of innovative mobile phone games and social applications, such as Tower Bloxx and MLSN Sports Picks. Trip is responsible for the strategic focus, overall direction, and p... read more »

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