Google is buying social games developer Slide in a $182m deal to be announced on Friday, according to a source at news site TechCrunch.
The move comes as part of the search engine site’s ongoing attempts to set up a social games strategy capable of rivaling Facebook.
Google has previously invested $200m in Zynga in order to form the “cornerstone of a new Google Games”, which is expected to launch at some point later this year.
Slide, currently run by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, was valued at $500m in 2008. If the reports of the deal price prove accurate, it will leave Levchin considerably short of his previously stated aim to see Slide become bigger than Paypal.
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