Friday, 15 February 2013

Gas Powered Games Acquired by Wargaming

Well, that was fast.

It would seem that we didn't have to wait as long as anyone had previously thought for news on what Gas Powered Games would be doing since the Kickstarter for Wildman was cancelled. A mere couple of days after that announcement, another one has come down the pipe, and this one is a much happier one because it does mean that Gas Powered Games is living on. The company has been acquired by Wargaming, perhaps most famous for their World of Tanks MMO war-game.

It's quite nice to see that the acquisition was made by a company that seems to mesh well with what Gas Powered Games was already doing. It wasn't too difficult to speculate that an acquisition or partnership was among the frontrunning possibilities to save Gas Powered Games, but it was still somewhat of a surprise that a larger company didn't scope it up; not to say that Wargaming isn't a large company, but given that places like EA, Ubisoft, and other ultra companies look for opportunities like this it's still a choice that many wouldn't have guessed.

Since this was basically just announced yesterday it's hard to say what the plans are, whether or not the people that were laid off from Gas Powered Games will be rehired. Chris Taylor has been hired, we know that much, but not much else:

"Gas Powered Games' heritage and development pedigree shows us just how valuable an addition Chris and his company will make to the Wargaming family," said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. "Gas Powered Games has a long track record of providing incredibly engaging AAA gaming experiences and we can't wait to start working with them."

"Wargaming growth in recent years has been tremendous, and we're looking forward to joining one of the fastest growing gaming companies in the world," added Chris Taylor, CEO of Gas Powered Games. "I'm sure our experience and expertise will help us contribute even more to Wargaming's global success."

It should be expected that both companies would have good things to say about each other given the nature of what's going on, still, at least this seems to be an acquisition that will actually be beneficial, and not something like the tearing apart of THQ or what seems to be on the verge of happening with Atari.

I'm sure that there will be more information, including whether Wildman will be one of the projects that will continue to be worked on. It would be fitting since Taylor did mention that without the Kickstarter what's happening now might not have been possible. After a week that has been full of incredible amounts of crap it's nice to end on what seems to be a high note.

Oh, and as for aforementioned crap ... I'll be sure to have more on that next week. Here's a hint: in space no one can hear you scream, but on Earth you certainly can hear the bitching.

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