Gaming Studio Double Helix Games has been acquired by Amazon with rumors suggesting that the company is set to enter the game console market or to gamify the Kindle Fire tablets.
The announcement of the acquisition was planned on February 13th in L.A during a joint recruiting event from Amazon and Double Helix Games, while the news of the deal leaked due to an invitation. Representatives from both the companies confirmed the deal though they did not reveal the terms of the deal.
Two popular game development studios Collective, Inc. and Shiny Entertainment merged in 2007 which led to foundation of The Irvine, a California based company employing about 75 people in Orange country home will now be Amazon employees. The company has been credited in developing popular game titles including Earthworm Jim, Sacrifice and Indiana Jones. Amazon added that Double helix’s current lineup of games and current developments would be supported.
“Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,” said Amazon in a statement.
The deal has created speculation about a possible gaming console from Amazon in the coming months. According to VG247.com, Amazon will launch an Android-powered “dedicated games and entertainment device this year priced below $300 that would compete directly with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.”
Double Helix which which has developed quite a number of popular titles for PC and console like G.I Joe: The rise of Cobra, “Silent Hill: Homecoming” and “Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters” is set to launch Strider on PS3 later this month.
[Source: TechCrunch ]