UK mobile gaming company Supersonic Software and its subsidiary Appynation have been acquired by Switzerland-based online gaming company Miniclip. Appynation is the publishing arm of Supersonic. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Co-founder and CEO of Supersonic Software Pete Williamson also commented on the acquisition. “Having been independent for so long, joining a new partner is a very big deal for us. We’ve always admired Miniclip and having had the opportunity to get to know them over a period of several years we’re really confident we’ve found the perfect partner for us. We’re excited to start working with Miniclip properly, tapping into their expertise and resources to take our company to the next level,” Williamson said.
Supersonic was founded in 1988, and in recent years has focused on developing casual puzzle games such as Picture Cross, Puzzle Page, One Clue Crossword, and World’s Biggest Crossword. The studio has also worked on the Micro Machines franchises. Furthermore, the studio also happens to be the founding investor of Appynation, and later purchased the remaining shares in the company.
Co-founder of Supersonic Software Andy Williamson said he’s confident that Miniclip will respect Supersonic’s culture and find ways to enhance it.
Founder and President Rob Small of Miniclip commented: “We have followed the journey of Pete and Andy and the team at Supersonic with great interest and are delighted to both welcome them to Miniclip and to support their growth within the puzzle category. This genre is the natural companion to a number of others in which we operate and we see this as a great opportunity to widen our audience further.”
Miniclip, which focuses on developing and publishing various games across mobile, social, and online platforms, said its acquisition of Supersonic Software and Appynation would allow it to find its way into puzzle games.
Miniclip’s games are played by around 250 million users monthly across all platforms. The company isn’t a stranger in the acquisition space, and the company has been branching out and making a variety of acquisitions.
Back in 2015, the Chinese media and technology conglomerate, Tencent bought a majority stake in the company. Miniclip has itself acquired several mobile game studios Gamebasics and Eight Pixels Square. It also has significant investments in Romanian studio Green Horse Games. Supersonic is Miniclip’s fourth UK studio and will be based in Leamington Spa.