Chinese publisher Youzu snaps up Bigpoint

    
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Free-to-play operator Bigpoint looks to be the latest company to be acquired by a foreign firm. Games Industry reports that a deal is ready to go through next month that will see Germany-based Bigpoint bought out by China publisher Youzu Interactive.

The deal, which includes the purchase of $89.7 million in stock, won’t be the end of Bigpoint but will see the merger of the two companies become a force for future game offerings. “With the support of Youzu, we will be able to further invest in our talent, the amazing experiences they create, and the reach of our games,” said Bigpoint CEO Khaled Helioui.

Bigpoint owns and operates a large library of titles, including Drakensang Online, Battlestar Galactica Online, and Dino Storm. The company also has a Game of Thrones MMO that’s been in the works for a while. Back in 2011, the company was valued at $600 million.

Source: Games Industry. Thanks to Winterskorn for the tip!
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jacktors11
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jacktors11

How the heck is this company worth 600 million dollars? When I saw the names of those games they featured, I said to myself, who the hell even plays those games? There must be a large group of gamers who play these cash shop games. Unless this company owns some of the very popular Mobile Phone games, I can’t see Battle Star Galactica Online and Drakensong Online bringing in millions of dollars a year. But maybe there are many closet cash shop junkies out there that we all don’t know about.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Robert80 They certainly don’t use me.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

As others have said, Bigpoint is not a developer name which catches my attention in a positive way. I tend to steer clear of their properties, personally, ever since the Battlestar Galactica game turned out to be an underwhelming cash-shop-centric title. 
I didn’t even need to download the title to see what it was, which is kind of sad.

Your mileage may vary, of course, and that’s cool.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

I don’t know who any of those companies are.

Robert80
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Robert80

Is it bad that my response to this is that the Chinese publisher has a very accurate name for English purposes?  Use You.  It’s what they do!
*Bigpoint and Youzu are some of the worst cash grab P2W mobile stuff around… which is why I find the synergy with English so fitting.*

moirrey
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moirrey

Bigpoint is the McDonald’s of online games. It can take your gaming hunger away for a moment, but its not an experience you will savour or even remember later.

Valhalla Awaits
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Valhalla Awaits

“With the support of Youzu, we will be able to further invest in our cash shops, the amazing revenue they create, and the reach of our vile software,” said Bigpoint CEO
Fixed for accuracy.