Californian developer of free-to-play casino games Playstudios has announced that it has acquired Scene53, an Israeli-based game studio specialising in real-time, multi-player mobile games.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he two companies already have a history of partnership – having jointly developed the newest Playstudios mobile app, POP! Slots, together. The game allows players to play in groups, share jackpots and interact with friends as they explore virtual versions of iconic Las Vegas resorts. The initial release features MGM Grand, the Mirage, and Excalibur, with additional resorts soon to be added.
After working with Scene53 to create and launch POP! Slots, Playstudios moved to acquire the company and establish it as an independently-operated studio, Playstudios Israel (PSI). The Tel Aviv team will now focus on growing the POP! Slots product while pursuing new opportunities in the casual, free-to-play casino category.
“We are big fans of Playstudios,” stated Yonatan Maor, founder and CEO of Scene 53. “Their games are beautiful and fun to play. They have extensive knowledge of the casino industry and they possess a very unique set of assets – their real world rewards platform and their exclusive rights to the biggest and best resorts in Las Vegas.”
Playstudios CEO Andrew Pascal added, “We are delighted to welcome Yonatan, Yossi, Ofer, Oded and the rest of the Scene53 team to the Playstudios family. Their entrepreneurial spirit is evident in all that they do – their passion is inspiring.”