Quepasa Corporation, creator and operator of Quepasa.com, the online social network for the Latino community, is to acquire XtFt Games S/S Ltda (XtFt), the owner of substantially all the assets of TechFront Desenvolvimento de Software S/S Ltda (TechFront), a social game development studio based in Curitiba, Brazil.
Quepasa will acquire XtFt for net consideration of approximately $4 million, comprised of $3.7 million in shares of Quepasa common stock (as determined by Quepasa’s average closing price over a 10-day period) and a $300,000 brokerage fee. XtFt’s key partners have also been offered option-based retention packages. The transaction will close upon the delivery of all outstanding items outlined in the agreement.
Founded in 2006 as a developer of multiplatform console, Web and mobile games, TechFront began developing social games for the Orkut platform in 2010 in partnership with various international publishers, including U.S.-based eGames.
The acquisition of XtFt will allow its team of 41 full-time game developers to focus on developing culturally relevant social gaming IP for the Quepasa platform and other social networks with audiences in Latin America. The acquisition will also better position Quepasa to capitalize, as both a publisher of social games and a platform for playing social games, on the rapid growth and monetization of social games throughout Latin America.
Quepasa recently reported that its membership base increased 255% in 2010 to total more than 27.2 million registered users. The site added 2.2 million users and generated 16.4 million unique visits in December 2010, compared to 1.2 million new users and 7.1 million unique visits in December 2009. Page views increased to 184 million page views in December 2010 from 175 million in the previous month.
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