Zynga Buys Canadian Mobile App Development Firm Five Mobile; Opens Toronto Studio

Zynga has made its 15th acquisition in 13 months today, with the purchase of Canadian mobile app development firm Five Mobile. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed and the Five Mobile team will now become Zynga Toronto.

Five Mobile is a mobile application development company that specializes in multi-platform development across various smartphone platforms. The team has worked with some of the largest media and technology companies, including Disney, Sony Pictures, AT&T, Bump, Flurry and RIM, in North America to develop branded, interactive mobile apps for a number of platforms.

The startup’s founders, who all came from Tira Wireless, include Ameet Shah, Jeff Zakrzewski, Oliver Tabay, and Troy Hubman. All the founders are joining Zynga Toronto and Shah will head up the Zynga Toronto studio, reporting to Zynga’s mobile head David Ko.

Mobile is a big part of future strategy for Zynga and it’s not surprising that the social gaming giant is building out and staffing up its mobile team. The company just launched a mobile version of CityVille for iOS, and debuted another iOS game last month, Hanging With Friends. Plus, Zynga landed a marketing deal with AT&T to bring bring customized games and content to the carrier’s customers.

Zynga’s past acquisitions in 2011 include DNA Games, the team behind cocos2d, Wonderland, JamLegend, MarketZero, Floodgate, social browser Flock, and New York’s Area/Code.