Digital Chocolate Scoops Up Game Publisher Sandlot Games

Social gaming contender Digital Chocolate has just announced the acquisition of Sandlot Games. The Washington-based games publisher is responsible for titles such as Cake Mania and Super Granny  and claims over 300 million downloads of its games since it was founded in 2002.

Perhaps best know for its lawsuit against Zynga, Digital Chocolate is a publisher of social games for mobile, the Web, Facebook and Xbox LIVE. It claims to have over 100 million game installs across all platforms of its over 100 games. Its flagship brands, Army Attack, Zombie Lane and Millionaire City, are obviously more well-known than those of Sandlot .

According to the press release, the acquisition was a result of Digital Chocolate’s desire to increase its development team.  “We can now expand further in Seattle and Eastern Europe,” writes Digital Chocolate CEO Trip Hawkins “We expect to be the leading game company in at least 5 of the 7 cities where we now have development studios.”

Post-acquisition, Digital Chocolate now has homebases in Bothell, Washington and St. Petersburg, Russia in addition to San Mateo, Helsinki, Barcelona, Bangalore, and Mexico.