SEATTLE, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PopCap Games, the leading developer
and publisher of casual games, today announced that it has acquired SpinTop
Games, (http://www.SpinTop-Games.com) a consumer online destination and
developer of casual games. SpinTop co-founders and executives Duncan Magee
and Craig Hamilton will manage SpinTop as a subsidiary of PopCap. With the
acquisition, PopCap adds a consumer game portal with more than 250 of the
top downloadable games, millions of customers, and a Vancouver, British
Columbia-based studio to expand its catalog of hit casual games. SpinTop
has created market leading games such as Mystery Solitaire(TM), Mahjong
Escape(R), and its most recent release in the popular hidden object genre,
Mystery P.I. (TM): The Lottery Ticket. PopCap's global online network
attracts millions of unique visitors each month, and the combined PopCap
and SpinTop network will be jointly presented to advertisers as a single
network buy. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
"We're happy to be adding SpinTop's strong roster of casual games, a
Vancouver studio and a direct-to-consumer portal to our existing business,"
said David Roberts, Chief Executive Officer at PopCap. "The acquisition
provides new publishing opportunities for SpinTop's games, and strengthens
a distribution partnership we established with SpinTop last year."
"We're thrilled to become part of the de facto leader in the casual
games market," said Duncan Magee, co-founder of SpinTop. "PopCap's focus
and outstanding track record of creating the biggest brands in the business
made joining this winning team an easy decision for us."
SpinTop will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary of
PopCap, with Magee and Hamilton overseeing operations out of SpinTop's
existing Vancouver, British Columbia office. SpinTop's studio will continue
to create market-leading casual games for the mass market, and PopCap will
publish future SpinTop titles through its multi-platform worldwide
publishing organization. SpinTop will maintain and grow its popular
consumer game portal, and will continue to offer a broad selection of
third-party casual PC games.
SpinTop was founded in 2004 and has quickly gained a loyal global
customer base by offering high-quality, broadly appealing downloadable
games in a safe, family-friendly setting. The SpinTop network attracts
millions of visitors each month, with a significant portion of those
visitors coming from outside North America.
PopCap Games (http://www.popcap.com) is the leading multi-platform
provider of "casual games" -- fun, easy-to-learn, captivating computer
games that appeal to everyone from age 6 to 106. Based in Seattle,
Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of over
120 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, B.C. and Dublin.
Its games have been downloaded more than 200 million times by consumers
worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled(R), has sold more than 10
million units across all platforms. Constantly acclaimed by consumers and
critics, PopCap's games are played on the Web, desktop computers, myriad
mobile devices (cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod and more),
popular game consoles (such as Xbox), and in-flight entertainment systems.
PopCap is the only casual games developer with leading market share across
all major sales channels, including Web portals, retail stores, mobile
operators and developers, and game device manufacturers.
PopCap, the PopCap logo and Bejeweled are trademarks of PopCap Games,
Inc. and may be registered in some countries. SpinTop Games is a trademark
of SpinTop Media, Inc. Mahjong Escape, Mystery Solitaire, and Mystery P.I.
are trademarks used by SpinTop Games under license from its affiliate,
Playtime Media, Inc., and may be registered in some countries. Other
company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners and
are used for the benefit of those owners.
SOURCE PopCap Games