Youzu Interactive has acquired online games specialist Bigpoint for an undisclosed fee.
The Chinese company publishes and operates mobile and MMO titles in China and the UA, including League of Angels, Knight’s Fable and Magerealm.
The transaction is expected to be completed in April and will make Bigpoint and Youzu “one of the only truly global destinations for online and mobile games”, according to the announcement.
The first title to be published under this new partnership will be Hocus Puzzle.
“With this collaboration, Bigpoint begins the next chapter in its history focused exclusively on the quality of titles published,” said CEO Khaled Heliouli (pictured). “With the support of Youzu, we will be able to further invest in our talent, the amazing experiences they create and the reach of our games.”
“[Youzu founder] Lin Qi’s passion and vision for the industry resonated with our hunger to provide better experiences to our players. Partnering with a player centric, product focused organization such as Youzu will allow us to have the means of our ambition: Great gaming for everybody.”
This is the latest acquisition of a Western games firm by a Chinese company, with the other recent – and more bizarre – example being Jagex's acquisition by mining corporation Shandong Honda.