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Amazon buys up game developer

Amazon has announced that it has purchased a game development studio: Double Helix Games. The deal bought the IP owned by the game studio and includes the employees as well. There is no indication of what the financial terms of the deal include.
 
Double Helix Games has been around since 2007 and was the result of the merging of two game studios, The Collective and Shiny Entertainment. The studios 75 employees will now work for Amazon and will continue to operate from the same location in Orange County.
 
Amazon has been rumored to be working on its own game console and this deal adds some weight to that rumor. Amazon would certainly need appealing first-party titles if any game console is to succeed on the market.
 
Some popular games from the firm include Earthworm Jim, Sacrifice, MDK, and Enter the Matrix. The most popular game from Double Helix, however, is Killer Instinct. The current line of games and future titles for the studio will continue to be supported.

Source: TechCrunch



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Micro-Bungie Redux?
By purerice on 2/6/2014 4:07:55 PM , Rating: 3
I was one of those people who saw the preview of Halo in 1999 playing nicely on 1999 hardware. Shortly before release, Microsoft bought Bungie to make Halo an Xbox exclusive launch title.

When they finally released Halo for PC it struggled on 2003 hardware. Other Bungie projects such as Myth were pawned off to studios who butchered and abandoned them.

If Amazon starts buying up game studios for the sake of Bogarting titles as Kindle exclusive, why can't they stick with the stupid games such as Candy Crush Saga, Lost Pet Saga, More Addicted to Little Girls than Crystal Meth Saga, or similar games that the majority of people would love to see butchered and abandoned?




RE: Micro-Bungie Redux?
By Nyanyanya on 2/8/2014 12:05:08 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone played their Oni? that was an awesome game before they were tasked with Halo.


K-K-K-Kindle Breaker!
By Sebec on 2/6/2014 12:30:30 PM , Rating: 4
K-K-K-Kindle Breaker!




Err... Rare?
By MrBlastman on 2/7/2014 11:53:08 AM , Rating: 3
Rare made the original Killer Instinct 1 and 2. Double Helix made the modern one.




Killer Instinct
By Ammohunt on 2/6/2014 6:47:10 PM , Rating: 2
One of my all time favorite games lets hope they port the arcade version(s) to Xbox 360.




DH does not own Killer Instinct
By Gailim on 2/9/2014 8:54:05 AM , Rating: 2
Double Helix does not own the rights to Killer Instinct. This article seemed to imply that KI was their franchise.

KI is an old Rare franchise and as such the rights are held by microsoft.




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