Zynga Acquires Casual Gaming Company A Bit Lucky
Zynga has acquired a casual gaming company called A Bit Lucky today. A Bit Lucky is known for developing games like Lucky Space and Lucky Train, which is known for having larger male audiences. “We independently both arrived at the same conclusions that there is a place to combine hard or midcore DNA with social gaming,” stated A Bit Lucky CEO Frederic Descamps.
Lucky Space and Lucky Train disappeared from Facebook in the last few weeks, which indicates that a deal has been in place for a while. Lucky Train had about 20,000 daily active users and Lucky Space had around 1,000 daily active users when the acquisition took place. A Bit Lucky is working on a new game called “Solstice Arena” and the development of that game will keep going.
A Bit Lucky is backed by Nexon, SV Angel, Felicis Ventures, Lerer Ventures, David Lawlee, XG Ventures, and Founder Collective. Below is a statement from the company:
At Zynga, we want to deliver the best social games to as many audiences as possible, and we’ve been hard at work to expand into new categories of play. I’m excited to share some news about a new category that you may have heard us hint at before: mid-core, multi-platform games.
Today we’re proud to announce the small acquisition of mid-core, multiplatform games developer A Bit Lucky, an incredibly talented studio based out of San Mateo, Calif. The team is made up of game veterans from companies like Trion Worlds and Xfire and brings with it two extremely talented founders –Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard. All 20+ of A Bit Lucky’s employees will become part of Zynga San Francisco.
The team is working on Solstice Arena, an awesome multi-player (and multi-platform) game, and they’ll continue development of Solstice Arena as part of Zynga.
A Bit Lucky joins many of the talented teams and individuals working on new categories of play for Zynga.
Most recently, we hired John Tobias, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, who joins Mark Turmell in our Zynga San Diego studio as Creative Director and is already working on a cool new mid-core game. Soren Johnson, another respected industry leader, recently joined Zynga East in Baltimore and is working on a stealth project as well.
On behalf of everyone at Zynga, we’re proud to welcome A Bit Lucky to the family. I’d like to end this post with an email from Frederic Descamps, CEO of A Bit Lucky to his close friends in the industry.