Kabam Announces Acquisition Of Phoenix Age Game Studio


Mobile games heavyweight Kabam didn’t have to search far to find its latest acquisition. In fact, it didn’t even have to look outside the city where it’s headquartered.

Kabam announced today that it acquired fellow San Francisco studio Phoenix Age, maker of Castle Age for Facebook and iOS and Underworld Empire for iOS. Terms were not disclosed for the deal, which will see Phoenix Age employees continue to work out of their current on their two ongoing titles and a third game that has yet to be unveiled.

This makes the seventh purchase of another developer for Kabam since 2010, but the first of this year. It’s also continuing an ambitious pursuit of deals to bring hit Asian games to the Western market, already working with companies like Joy You, Game Reign, WeMade and Gfan.

This particular much more local deal will beef up Kabam’s offerings in the RPG genre, the rare place it doesn’t already have a handful of proven hits. That makes the fit seem natural, a thought echoed by Phoenix Age co-founder Edwin Shew.

“We couldn’t be more excited about joining Kabam,” Shew said via press release. “Becoming part of their team instantly gives us the expertise, experience and infrastructure to scale our games to a global level we couldn’t achieve independently.”