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Ubisoft acquires TrackMania developer Nadeo

Racing developer's online tech is central to acquisition, says Guillemot

French publisher Ubisoft is set to acquire developer Nadeo, the team responsible for hit PC title TrackMania.

TrackMania has over 700,000 unique users a month, and over ten million registered players. Over 15 million tracks have been created by users for the racing game since 2008.

"The acquisition of Nadeo is an important step in our expansion within the online gaming sector," said Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft.

"Through Nadeo, Ubisoft will gain an expert team, one of the best online technologies around as well as a flagship multiplayer game that enjoys an unrivalled reputation among a loyal and committed community. We are excited about the idea of introducing TrackMania to an ever-wider audience and sharing the expertise of Nadeo's teams with our Group's other developers."

Florent Castelnérac, CEO of Nadeo added: "Joining Ubisoft is a huge opportunity for us to develop and innovate and take Nadeo to new horizons.

"Nadeo’s team was keen for this acquisition to happen. Like players in a community, we see ourselves as being a complementary fit with Ubisoft and believe that we can share and quickly move ahead together."

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