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Vivendi Acquires Centerscore, Expands Mobile Portfolio

Vivendi Acquires Centerscore, Expands Mobile Portfolio

September 12, 2006 | By Jason Dobson

September 12, 2006 | By Jason Dobson
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Following news yesterday concerning Vivendi's elevated second quarter earnings, Vivendi Games today announced that it has acquired mobile game developer Centerscore as its latest move in the publishers' continuing interest in the mobile games space.

The company first announced the launch of its Vivendi Games Mobile division earlier this year, and according to Cindy Cook, chief strategy and marketing officer for Vivendi Games, the acquisition of Centerscore is another step in our plan to be among the top mobile publishers in the industry.

Vivendi Games Mobile will obtain the rights to Centerscore's portfolio of titles as well as those games currently in development. Centerscore is best known for its contributions to the casual games space, including Amy's Jigsaw Scrapbook, Amy's Hangman and Alone: The Horror Begins. Oliver Miao, CEO of Centerscore, will continue in his current role leading the studio and will report to Maglione. The studio will continue to be based out of San Mateo, California. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

"Centerscore's imaginative games have consistently been top sellers; and the diverse lineup of titles, particularly their excellent range of casual games, is a welcome addition to our existing portfolio," said Paul Maglione, president, Vivendi Games Mobile. "What we found most exceptional about Centerscore is the Company's ability to successfully build a team of designers, artists, developers and testers from the ground up, and to execute the creation and distribution of great games from under one roof."

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