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Wargaming Acquires Gas Powered Games

Posted on February 14, 2013 4:00 PM by Rob Williams
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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.

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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.


  • http://techgage.com/ Marfig

    “Let’s just hope that the F2P-focused Wargaming isn’t going to direct GPG’s future games in that direction.”

    It’s very likely it will, unfortunately. GPG kickstarter project that ended becoming at the center of the GPG financial difficulties and was eventually cancelled a few days ago, was Wildman. To the chagrin of a good deal of its fans (and one of the reasons it received so little support at Kickstarter), GPG was apparently trying to move into MOBA-like territory.

    It’s possible that Wargaming wants to to move into other areas of gaming, but I suspect Wargaming will want to see MOBA or something similar from GPG.

    • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

      I’m not a fan of GPG’s games, but that thought scares me. It bugs me to no end when a company acquires another and then changes how they go about business. Companies like GPG have huge fanbases for a reason… so leave them alone.

      • Kougar

        Speaking as a former member of that fanbase, I don’t think there is anything Wargaming can do that would harm what’s left of the Supreme Commander franchise. GPG trashed it with SupCom 2 by designing a game that was a better fit for a smartphone, so making SC3 free to play couldn’t harm anything at this point.

        • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

          I do remember you being unhappy with that one. It’s unfortunate =/ I actually bought SupCom 1 when it came out and enjoyed it a fair bit.

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