Another day, another “acqhire” for social gaming giant Zynga. The company is announcing the acquisition of UK-based Wonderland Software, the social gaming studio behind the hit iOS game GodFinger. Zynga is acquiring the team and select IP from Wonderland but not GodFinger the game. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Wonderland Software will become Zynga Mobile UK and will be based near Guildford, a famous game development center in the UK. This marks Zynga’s first studio in the UK, a market that Zynga says is important for the company. Wonderland Software CEO Matthew Wiggins immediately assumes the role of General Manager, Zynga Mobile UK, reporting to Zynga Mobile Chief David Ko.
Founded in 2009, Wonderland Software spawned from former staff members of Fable series developer Lionhead. The company’s most popular game GodFinger has been voted by Apple has one of the best iOS4 apps.
The company says that Zynga Mobile UK will use Wonderland’s talent and technology to focus on creating new mobile social titles that build on and expand Zynga’s current mobile portfolio of games. This is also the fourth acquisition that represents Zynga’s expansion to a country outside of the U.S. Currently Zynga has studios in Tokyo, Beijing and Frankfurt (and has operations in Bangalore, India).
Zynga’s prior acquisitions in 2011 include JamLegend, MarketZero, Floodgate, social browser Flock, and New York’s Area/Code.