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ngmoco buys Dutch studio Rough Cookie

Long-time collaborator acquired as DeNA continues Western expansion

Mobile publisher ngmoco has acquired Dutch studio and long-time collaborator Rough Cookie, as the company looks to expand its presence in Europe.

ngmoco has already acted as publisher for Rough Cookie's award-winning Star Defense on iOS, as well as Touch Pets and Pulse: The Game. The two companies have also previously collaborated on the upcoming We Farm and We City titles on Android.

Founded in 2008, and based in Amsterdam, Rough Cookie is currently developing "an unannounced ngmoco flagship title for Mobage". The game uses ngmoco's ngCore technology and will be released on both iOS and Android devices.

"Rough Cookie's values and creative capability are a perfect match for ngmoco," said CEO Neil Young. "We are delighted to formally bring Rough Cookie into our family of companies. At ngmoco, it's important for us to anchor the Mobage service with great first-party games and Rough Cookie will be a key studio in achieving that goal."

"We are very excited to be joining the ngmoco and DeNA family," Hoffmann commented. "We had great experiences and results on the projects that we have worked on with ngmoco, and we are truly proud to join the leader of mobile entertainment."

ngmoco itself was acquired by Japanese social gaming company DeNA last year, with the parent company's range of services, including its mobile platform Plus+ Network, rebranded as Mobage.

The firm's attempts to increase its presence in Western markets include plans to include having Mobage preloaded on some Samsung Android phones.

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