PopCap Games acquires ZipZapPlay

Casual games business PopCap Games is to acquire ZipZapPlay, a social games company based in San Francisco, California. With the acquisition, PopCap increases its Facebook games lineup and establishes a social studio in Silicon Valley. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

ZipZapPlay is a venture-backed social games startup with seventeen employees including founders Curt Bererton (CEO) and Mathilde Pignol (CCO), who will continue to direct game design and development at the San Francisco studio. ZipZapPlay’s previous titles include Baking Life and other social games.

“The team at ZipZapPlay is one of the best in the social games space, and combined with our existing group in Seattle gives us the opportunity to dramatically expand our development resources,” said John Vechey, PopCap co-founder and VP of Corporate Strategy and Development, who oversaw the acquisition. “While the acquisition creates immediate cross-promotional and operations benefits, this is a strategic move with huge long-term potential; we believe ZipZapPlay can help us further evolve and expand the definition of social games.”

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