Greenbelt, Md. – Autodesk, a developer of 3D design,
engineering and entertainment software, said on Tuesday it will pay $36 million
in cash to acquire Scaleform, a developer of user interface (UI) tools and

The deal is expected to close by the end of April.

Maryland-based Scaleform’s
technology has been licensed in the development of at least 800 games across
major hardware platforms, including the PC, Microsoft Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
and Nintendo Wii.

The company’s flagship product, known as Scaleform GFx,
allows developers to more easily take advantage of the 3D hardware acceleration
capabilities of modern systems to create cinematic quality menus, in-game heads
up displays, animated textures, mini-games and mobile games and applications.

Marc Stevens, the vice president of games at Autodesk Media &
Entertainment, said the acquisition will help his company provide clients with
"more complete workflows to more rapidly develop immersive 3D and casual
game experiences."

Brendan Iribe, the president and CEO of Scaleform, as
well as CTO Michael Antonov and COO Marc Bennett, will join Autodesk in
unspecified roles.

Scaleform’s offices will remain in Greenbelt, Md.



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