SocialDeck next for Google buyout

Google is continuing to invest heavily in social gaming firms ahead of a widely expected reveal of its new games division.

The search engine giant has now acquired Canadian start-up studio SocialDeck, following recent buyouts of fellow social game groups Jambool and Slide, as well as reportedly investing some $200 million in Facebook games titan Zynga.

The news follows the departure of Google games boss Mark DeLoura last week.

Develop has the full story.

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