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Playtika snaps up Wooga, who is buying Zynga, and Jam City layoffs

Playtika snaps up Wooga, who is buying Zynga, and Jam City layoffs

Social casino games behemoth Playtika revealed it had snapped up Berlin-based developer Wooga last week.

The move is all part of the Israel-based firms plans to expand further in the casual games space. Previously, Playtika picked up Jelly Button Games in October 2017.

The news certainly piqued the interest of the mobile games industry as our most read story of the past week.

Our second most read article of last week came from senior editor Craig Chapple, who weighed in on which company could be buying Zynga.

Bloomberg dropped the news last month that few companies had made preliminary discussions over the possibility of snapping up Zynga, but stopped short of naming names.

Layoffs, investment and Epic

Elsewhere, Cookie Jam developer Jam City allegedly laid off a significant number of developers, with those affected taking to social media to confirm the news.

Finally, Henric Suuronen stopped by to fill us in on his new investment set up Play Ventures, its $30 million fund and why there is still plenty of opportunity on mobile, and Fortnite developer Epic is set to launch its own Android games storefront.

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Iain is a freelance writer based in Scotland with a penchant for indies and all things Nintendo. Alongside PocketGamer.Biz, he has also appeared in Kotaku, Rock Paper Shotgun, PCGamesN and VG24/7.


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