Posted on February 14, 2013 4:00 PM by Rob Williams
The past couple of weeks have been pretty turbulent for Gas Powered Games. In January, the company was forced to layoff some of its staff, and earlier this week, it pulled its Kickstarter campaign for Wildman due to the likelihood that it wouldn’t reach its goal in time. After all this, it seemed unlikely that the company would be around much longer, but an announcement of an acquisition by Wargaming quells those fears.
Supreme Commander 2
If you’ve never heard of Wargaming, chances are good you have heard of its flagship title World of Tanks. While a free-to-play game, players are able to purchase in-game content – and given the wild success of the company, they apparently have been. With this acquisition, Gas Powered Games retains both its name and its chief, Chris Taylor.
The purchase is an interesting one for Wargaming, although the company isn’t unfamiliar with acquisitions. It bought console game developer Day One Studios for $20 million and engine-maker Big World last year for $45 million. It’s unknown how much Gas Powered Games was purchased for.
GPG has an impressive collection of games under its belt, including Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander. Let’s just hope that the F2P-focused Wargaming isn’t going to direct GPG’s future games in that direction.