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Google acquires Job Simulator VR developer Owlchemy Labs for undisclosed sum

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May 11th, 2017 acquisition Google
Owlchemy Labs
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Google acquires Job Simulator VR developer Owlchemy Labs for undisclosed sum

VR games developer success story Owlchemy Labs has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed sum.

The deal does not appear to affect the development studio in any way, which will continue making titles for HTC Vive, Oculus, and PSVR.

However it will presumably also now be tasked with developing games for Google's own VR headset, Daydream VR.

The studio started out on mobile with games such as AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration), Snuggle Truck, and Jack Lumber. It later pivoted to VR and is best known for its multi-platform title Job Simulator.

Work to be done

"We both believe that VR is the most accessible computing platform and that there’s a ton of work to be done, especially with regards to natural and intuitive interactions," wrote Owlchemy in a blog post.

"Together with Google, with which we share an incredible overlap in vision, we're free to pursue raw creation and sprint toward interesting problems in these early days of VR."

Owlchemy most recently raised $5 million in funding back in August 2016 to continue its development of VR games. At the time it was developing a game based on the cartoon Rick and Morty, which has now found an audience with streamers.


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