Free-to-play game company Bigpoint is ready to try the mobile game market on for size once again, following a failed initial attempt.
The privately held Hamburg, Germany company acquired French mobile game developer Little Worlds Studio, the studio behind the games Color Cross Online
and Mana Crusher
. Managing director Khaled Helioui confirmed the acquisition in a TechCrunch report
The move is notable because almost exactly two years ago, Bigpoint’s then-CEO Heiko Hubertz announced the company would be getting out of the mobile game business
, and instead continue concentrating on desktop-centric online games. Hubertz cited challenges of a mobile market where it was very tough to generate revenues.
But Helioui believes now is the right time for Bigpoint to try to re-enter the mobile game business.
“We then felt much more comfortable addressing a new platform and started earlier this year the development of two mobile games in Hamburg,” Helioui told TechCrunch.
“We have already recruited a number of mobile developers but still felt like we needed to start or acquire a studio whose sole focus would be on mobile,” he added. “Little Worlds filled all our criteria.”
Helioui did not reveal the amount of the Little Worlds transaction.