Social game publisher and developer 6L, previously known as 6waves Lolapps, has jumpstarted its way into mobile by acquiring Escalation Studios, which probably is best known for its quirky mobile title Splode (pictured). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Escalation’s Dallas headquarters will become one of 6L’s global offices, which are already in Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo and San Francisco. The companies do not foresee any layoffs since Escalation’s development team was a primary motivator for the acquisition.
“We were initially interested in Escalation Studios because of their reputation within the industry,” said Arjun Sethi, chief product officer of 6L. “When we sat down and saw their roadmap we recognized immediately how deeply their goals and capabilities align with our own. Their addition to our team will enable us to launch some of 2012’s most innovative mobile games.”
Rex Ng, chief executive officer of 6L, said the influx of “impressive talent” confirms the company is on track to double its business in 2012 in regard to both publishing and development “and sends a clear signal that we are as serious about innovation in mobile as we have been in social.”
Escalation Studios’ co-founders Tom Mustaine and Marc Tardiff will become design directors, while co-founder Shawn Greenwill become director of engineering for 6L. They will continue to lead operations in Dallas.
GCA Savvian Advisors acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Escalation Studios in connection with the transaction.