Following FY14 Q2 financials which suggest Candy Crush Saga revenue could have peaked, King has announced it's expanding into core gaming.
It's spearheading the move with the acquisition of Singapore-based developer Nonstop Games.
King paid $6 million in cash, with another $84 million due depending on future performance, although $16 million of this amount is a golden handcuff to ensure Nonstop's senior staff don't leave the company.
In addition, King said it's paid an additional $10 million so "certain employee shareholders" don't leave in the next year.
On that basis, King will pay $32 million in cash for Nonstop, with a further $68 million dependent on the future performance of the new games it releases in 2015.
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"We have continued to advance several key strategic objectives to position King for long-term success, including extending our franchises with the launch of our first franchise sequel, Bubble Witch 2 Saga; expanding opportunities to leverage our massive player base with the acquisition of Nonstop Games, our new Singapore studio dedicated to new genre titles; and broadening our geographic reach with the initial rollout of a localized version of Candy Crush Saga in China in partnership with Tencent," noted King CEO Riccardo Zacconi.