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Hot Five: Sumo acquires Pipeworks, ironSource opens in-app bidding platform, and Call of Duty: Mobile peaks at nearly one billion hours

Hot Five: Sumo acquires Pipeworks, ironSource opens in-app bidding platform, and Call of Duty: Mobile peaks at nearly one billion hours

To help you keep on top of a busy news cycle and the latest hot topics in mobile gaming, each week we round up the five most-read stories on PocketGamer.biz.

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5. Sumo Group acquires co-development specialist Pipeworks in a $100 million deal

Sumo Group has continued its expansion this year as it acquires Oregon-based studio Pipeworks. The deal is worth $100 million.

Pipeworks was founded in 1999 and has helped to create around 100 games.

4. Call of Duty: Mobile saw nearly one billion monthly hours at peak

Activision's mobile adaption of its Call of Duty franchise has gone from strength-to-strength since its launch last year.

The mobile shooter, within its first year, racked up nearly one billion monthly hours of in-game player time at its peak.

3. IronSource opens up in-app bidding platform to all developers

Having introduced LevelPlay to the world earlier this year, mobile monetisation specialist ironSource has opened the in-app bidding platform up to all developers.

Furthermore, Facebook's bidding system, Facebook Audience Network is now in open beta on LevelPlay.

2. Jam City's John Peterson on the continued growth of the studio through M&A

We caught up with Jam City vice president of mergers and acquisitions John Peterson, during which he discussed how the studio has progressed.

Namely, how it has grown through the use of mergers and acquisitions, as explained by Peterson, Jam City is "very relationship-driven."

1. How a last-minute university course switch lead Tom Van Dam to ByteDance and China

University can be a tricky time for people, much of which comes down to it, preparing you for what career path you choose.

We caught up with ByteDance director of business development for gaming Tom Van Dam, during which he explained how a change in courses led him to where he is today—having dropped an IT major for economics and finance.


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