Amazon acquires GameSparks to boost its gaming portfolio: Report

By : |July 31, 2017 0

Though Amazon did not make any public announcement in its Q2 earnings report, the company, in the last quarter may have quietly acquired a company called GameSparks, a “backend as a service” for game developers, according to TechCrunch. Citing documents from deal analytics firm PitchBook, the report says that the acquisition price was $10 million.

Rumors of the acquisition first surfaced earlier this month when Telegraph reported about the buyout with no detail about the price. Notably, Amazon also refused to comment on the report.

GameSparks— co-founded by Griffin Parry (CEO), Gabriel Page (CTO) and John Griffin (COO) — offers back-end services and platforms for various major entertainment companies, such as Disney and the BBC, and has a video game client list that includes Square Enix, Ubisoft, TellTale Games, Bandai Namco and Capcom.

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Amazon’s reported acquisition hints at the company’s growing interest in the gaming segment following the development and release of its Lumberyard tech, plus the acquisition of live-streaming platform Twitch.

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