New York
– Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) is one of several companies in talks to acquire CrowdStar, a
creator of social games for Facebook, Bloomberg reported, citing two people
familiar with the matter.

Calif.-based CrowdStar may be valued at $200 for the transaction, but could choose
to remain independent and secure new financing instead of being acquired, a
source told Bloomberg.

CrowdStar is the fourth-largest Facebook game developer,
counting more than 50.8 million monthly active players for titles like
"Happy Aquarium," according to

Microsoft recently signed
a deal with another social games publisher, Zynga, to bring social games to its
MSN Games and other properties.


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