Canadian casual games studio and game portal snapped up

Another acquisition as PopCap buys SpinTop

Just days after the US casual games giant confirmed its acquisition of Retro64, PopCap has bought another games studio: this time swooping for SpinTop Games.

Vancouver, Canada-based SpinTop not only develops its own titles, but operates a portal of the same name which created and hosts the likes of Mystery Solitaire, Mahjong Escape and hidden-object game Mystery PI: The Lottery Ticket. The portal reportedly has millions of users – a figure that will now boost PopCap’s audience figures.

"We’re happy to be adding SpinTop’s strong roster of casual games, a Vancouver studio and a direct-to-consumer portal to our existing business," said David Roberts, CEO of PopCap. "The acquisition provides new publishing opportunities for SpinTop’s games, and strengthens a distribution partnership we established with SpinTop last year."

SpinTop co-founders and executives Duncan Magee and Craig Hamilton will manage the company as an independent PopCap subsidiary. The studio was founded in 2004.

"We’re thrilled to become part of the de facto leader in the casual games market," said Duncan Magee, co-founder of SpinTop. "PopCap’s focus and outstanding track record of creating the biggest brands in the business made joining this winning team an easy decision for us."

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