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Zynga acquires Astro Ape Studios

Social giant looks to grab another mobile games developer

Social games giant Zynga looks to have acquired mobile developer Astro Ape Studios.

As pointed out by Business Insider, employees of the studio have been changing their job titles and place of work to Zynga New York on LinkedIn. It's not yet clear whether Zynga is acquiring the whole business or just employees and assets, as it has done with other targets.

Earlier this year, Astro Ape's Chieh Huang claimed his studio was making better games than Zynga despite having less budget for marketing titles.

"It's no secret that all those companies have millions and even billions of dollars to spend on marketing budgets. For us, at the end of the day, we believe that we build a better product," he said to Pocket Gamer.

Astro Ape titles include Strip City, Dessert Heroes and Office Heroes. has contacted Zynga and Astro Ape for clarification.

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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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