2008: The 10 most significant deals

A retrospective look at the biggest game development deals of the year
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Despite the pressure of the economic downturn in 2008, the year has seen plenty of acquisitions and venture capitalist funding, and Develop has compiled a list of the ten most important.

As well as EA’s recent interest and investment in Korea, the round-up includes Big Fish, which secured $83 million in financing, and Realtime Worlds, which enjoyed a $50 million funding boost.

Along with Amazon’s acquisition of Reflexive, and the MTV and Harmonix partnership that resulted in $300 million in bonuses, the biggest news on the list focuses on the iPhone and App Store, which goes a long way to doing away with deals all together, rekindling dreams of self-publishing success in the process.

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