Redwood City, CA - December 3, 2010
RockYou, a leading developer of games and advertising solutions for social media, today announced their acquisition of TirNua, Inc. The TirNua acquisition is the next step in RockYou’s evolution and commitment to delivering entertaining and engaging games in the rapidly evolving social space. TirNua’s 3D engine technology and team, with over 100 years of game development experience, will develop new titles as part of the RockYou games team in Redwood City. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
TirNua’s engine represents an evolution in social gaming: synchronous online play, advanced 3D characters, and crowd-sourced localization. The TirNua team strengthens RockYou’s product development and game design expertise and brings senior gaming leadership to the company. Greg Kearney, formerly President of TirNua, will take on the role of VP of Engineering at RockYou. Additional TirNua employees will assume key leadership positions in the studio.
“TirNua has built a fantastic team of engineers but the most satisfying thing is to see your technology in the hands of millions of players,” said Greg Kearney. “RockYou is an industry leader whose scale of users will allow us to reshape social gaming faster than we could do on our own.”
“TirNua’s powerful technology will deliver a robust gaming experience for our players,” said Lisa Marino, Chief Operating Officer at RockYou. “We believe the pace of innovation for social gaming has accelerated in the last six months and 3D experiences using synchronous play will deliver 2011’s richest experiences. We welcome the TirNua team to the RockYou family and know their experience will add valuable development and design skill to our company DNA.”
For more information about RockYou, visit www.rockyou.com/.
Founded in 2005, RockYou is the leading social entertainment company with over 280 million UMV and 15 billion monthly global impressions. The company developed the social game classic Zoo World, which has over 58M installs to date, and remains committed to continued development in the social gaming space. RockYou Media, the company’s ad network, empowers brands to reach social networkers through innovative advertising products, including Deal of the Day, in-game brand sponsorships, video and rich media offerings. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, RockYou is funded by Sequoia Capital, Partech International, Lightspeed Venture Partners, DCM, SK Telecom Ventures and Softbank.
Eddiemae Jukes / Molly Gerth, TriplePoint