Chicago-based Synapse Games has been acquired by publisher Kongregate, in what has been a busy year for the publisher.
The newly acquired studio is responsible for many mobile titles including the mega-license title Animation Showdown featuring characters from Fox's Family Guy, Bob's Burgers and King of the HillTV shows. The studio has already released three of these titles and several other original IPs since launching in 2009.
Kongregate started working with the studio back in 2011, publishing web-based collectable card game War Metal Tyrant. The publisher moved into acquiring new studios back in 2015 with the purchase of Ultrabit in San Diego. This brings their total studio tally to two.
However, this is a positive move for the publisher who earlier this year was sold to Swedish media firm MTG by former owners GameStop. Since the sale, Kongregate also announced an indie development fund with $10 million in the bank, supporting the release of games such as AdVenture Capitalist.
“Synapse has felt like a member of the Kongregate family for years, starting with their huge presence and strong fan following on Kongregate.com, and more recently with their expansion into mobile and Steam development with us, so I’m thrilled to finally make them officially a part of Kongregate," said Kongregate CEO, Emily Greer They share our strong commitment to players and our desire to continue to push for innovation within the gaming industry across web, mobile, PC, and new platforms."
"Kongregate has been an essential strategic partner for Synapse Games for over six years," said co-founder and CEO of Synapse Games, Alex Reeve. "They've been critical to Synapse's growth, and we couldn't be more excited to join forces with a company that cares so deeply about games, developers, and their awesome audience of players."