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Ubisoft has acquired a 75 percent stake in mobile game developer Kolibri Games for an undisclosed fee.

Chris Kerr

February 3, 2020

1 Min Read

Ubisoft has acquired a 75 percent stake in mobile game developer Kolibri Games for an undisclosed fee.

Based in Berlin, Kolibri is best known for its work on 'idle' titles like Idle Miner Tycoon and Idle Factory Tycoon, the former of which has amassed over 104 million downloads since launching in 2016. 

Commenting on the move, Ubisoft Mobile executive director Jean-Michel Detoc explained the company is keen to expand its idle games portfolio, and said it has inserted an option into the deal that will allow it to gradually raise its stake in Kolibri to 100 percent over the next four years. 

"We are strengthening our 'idle' games portfolio with the acquisition of Kolibri Games, one of the leaders in the segment, whose flagship game Idle Miner Tycoon has grown steadily since 2016," he said. "We are delighted that this great talented team, recognized for the longevity of their flagship title, is joining Ubisoft."

Kolibri chief exec Daniel Stammler said the deal will allow the studio to expand development on its roster while allowing it to leverage one of the "strongest brands" in the industry.

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Chris Kerr

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Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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