Free-to-play company gets social games team for Beijing studio

Kabam acquires Balanced Worlds

Kabam continues its growth in Asia with the acquisition of Chinese social games studio Balanced Worlds.

The 17 member team will relocate to Kabam’s Beijing office, opened in May 2010 and under the direction of company co-founder Mike Li.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Balanced worlds is a unique team headed by North American CEO Christopher Pfeiffer, COO Alexander Ronalds, and CTO Maxim Garber who relocated to China in 2006 to take advantage of the new market for social games.

The trio had previously worked on AAA titles such as Resistance: Fall of Man, Ratchet & Clank, Red Faction, Descent, the Greg Norman Ultimate Challenge Golf series, Spy Hunter, and the NHL Faceoff series.

“The Balanced Worlds team brings a strong discipline and creative flare in 3D game development that will complement Kabam’s expanding portfolio of games,” said Kabam president Andrew Sheppard.

“By merging Balanced Worlds’ expertise into Kabam’s already robust studio in Beijing, Kabam will continue to diversify its mobile offerings beyond the enormously popular strategy games Kabam is known for.”

Kabam has been busily expanding for several years, and since 2010 the company has acquired WonderHill, Fearless Studios, Gravity Bear, and Wild Shadow Studios

“Our shared vision of high-quality core 3D mobile games is perfectly aligned,” said Pfeiffer.

“The Balanced Worlds team is proud to become a highly productive part of Kabam’s amazingly successful mobile-focused studio in Beijing.”

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