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Kwalee acquires Tictales

Deal with French developer marks debut acquisition for UK mobile firm

Hypercasual studio Kwalee has made its first acquisition, French narrative outfit Tictales.

Tictales specialises in developing story-driven games for mobile. Since its founding in 2015, the studio has released 14 games, including Perfume of Love and Fictions.

The company will continue to operate independently under Kwalee ownership, but will gain access to the latter's marketing resources. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We have been committed since day one to creating amazing mobile fiction for our audience and I'm very proud of all the team members of Tictales for this milestone," said Tictales co-founder and sales manager Christophe Chocho.

"The long-term vision of Tictales is to bring bigger franchises to the world, with our production capacity increasing and new talents joining our team. We and Kwalee share the same philosophy about high-quality games and we cannot wait to show our exciting new projects to the world."

Kwalee CEO David Darling added: "It's a proud moment for us to make Kwalee's first acquisition, and Tictales is the perfect partner. With their successful track record of casual mobile games and ability to tell a compelling story through their games, their ambitions match our own and we're looking forward to building collective success."

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