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Zynga Expands To Europe With Purchase Of Engine Developer Dextrose

Social game developer Zynga has purchased German game engine studio Dextrose, establishing its first European subsidiary and expanding its catalog of recent studio acquisitions.

Tom Curtis, Blogger

September 24, 2010

1 Min Read

Social game company Zynga announced that it has acquired Dextrose, a German game engine studio that will become the first European subsidiary for the FarmVille developer. Dextrose previously developed the Aves Engine, which allows graphically complex games to run in a web browser or on mobile devices using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The Mainz, Germany based studio will become Zynga Germany, and founders Paul Bakaus and Rocco Di Leo will become chief technology officer and country manager, respectively. Zynga has yet to announce its plans for the Dextrose technology and new European branch, only noting that Zynga Germany will focus on the “best in next-generation gaming technology,” as reported by VentureBeat. The Dextrose acquisition marks Zynga's first foothold in Europe, and the company expanded into Asia earlier this year, purchasing XPD Media and Unoh, indicating substantial growth overseas for the company. Other recent Zynga acquisitions include Serious Business and Austin-based Challenge Games. The FarmVille developer operates six of the most popular games on Facebook in terms of monthly users, and has experienced rapid growth in the social games space.

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Tom Curtis


Tom Curtis is Associate Content Manager for Gamasutra and the UBM TechWeb Game Network. Prior to joining Gamasutra full-time, he served as the site's editorial intern while earning a degree in Media Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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