Dundee-based Outplay Entertainment announce the acquisition of Eight Pixels Square, a Derby-based mobile free-to-play studio. This comes off the back of a highly successful year for Outplay Entertainment which has seen significant revenue and headcount growth as it has surged past 55 million downloads across its portfolio of games.
Eight Pixels Square are best known for a catalogue of successful mid-core titles, including All Guns Blazing, Cartel Kings and RAID HQ.
Douglas Hare, Co-Founder and CEO of Outplay Entertainment, said: “The acquisition of Eight Pixels Square is another exciting step forward for the business, as we not only solidify capabilities in mid-core and VR, but also get to work with long-time industry peers. Their exceptional talent, expertise and obsessive focus on quality is a fantastic addition to the team and we believe that this move will make us stronger than ever. ”
Hugh Binns, Co-Founder of Eight Pixels Square, said: “Mat Sneap, Tim Rogers, Myself and the wider team are thrilled to be joining the Outplay Entertainment group. Their ambition and strategy for success is compelling and something we’re excited to be able to contribute towards. Outplay is an obvious fit for our team, both culturally and technically, our catalogue of IP, and our know-how within mid-core and VR. We’re already hard at work on a 2017 title that we all believe has great potential to disrupt and further enhance Outplay’s position as one of the most successful European studios, if not beyond.”
Richard Hare, Co-Founder and President of Outplay Entertainment, said: “We’ve known the team behind Eight Pixels Square for more than 25 years and are delighted to bring them into the Outplay Entertainment family. It’s great to finally work together, they are an incredibly talented and experienced team. The addition of their capabilities and technical expertise will further enhance Outplay’s capacity to innovate and raise the bar of what’s possible on mobile.”
Earlier this year, Outplay Entertainment became the largest independent mobile games developer in the UK by surpassing 150 staff.
About Outplay Entertainment
Founded in 2010 and based in Dundee, Scotland, Outplay Entertainment is the largest independent mobile developer in the UK. With an obsessive focus on quality, their 150 strong team has developed several critically acclaimed original games which include, Alien Creeps TD, Mystery Match, Crafty Candy and Bubble Genius as well as Angry Birds POP! in partnership with Rovio. To date, the studio’s games have received over 55 million downloads, has been featured multiple times as Apple’s Editors’ Choice and received a BAFTA nomination. The studio won the 2016 TIGA Outstanding Growth Award. For more information visit: http://outplay.com/