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Post Date: 2014-02-05

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    Posted: 05 Feb 2014 at 10:59pm
Amazon has acquired a gaming studio called Double Helix Games, TechCrunch has learned, and Amazon now confirms. The deal was for both talent and IP, we understand. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

The Irvine, California-based company, founded in 2007 through the merger of two well-known game development shops, The Collective, Inc. and Shiny Entertainment, today employs 75 people who will now become Amazon employees and will continue to operate out of their Orange County home.

News of the deal leaked due to an invitation to joint recruiting event from Amazon and Double Helix Games taking place in L.A. on February 13th. The acquisition announcement was planned to take place at that time, most likely.

The Double Helix deal may fuel to the recent rumors that Amazon is preparing to release its own gaming console in the coming months. Last week, the video game industry blog VG247.com reported that Amazon is planning to launch an Android-powered ‚Äúdedicated games and entertainment device this year priced below $300‚Ķ [that] will compete directly with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.‚ÄĚ Buzz about an Amazon console has been around for a while: This past summer, the rumor was that the company was planning to debut a Qualcomm-based console system. Amazon declined to comment on the console speculation when reached today.


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Interesting, though I can't say I'm surprised given their (Amazon's) recent endeavors. 
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  Quote Nav Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Feb 2014 at 6:26pm
Wouldn't be surprised if we saw an Amazon console soon.
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Ah yes, the classic IP patent defense process, buy billions of patents so we can counter-sue when we are sued, Big%20Smile

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  Quote Roykirk Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Oct 2014 at 3:41pm
Yes, it would be interesting to see an Amazon console.  They already made something of a foray into casual gaming with the FireTV.  Always good to see some competition hotting things up; keeps Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony on their toe, although being Amazon, I suspect we're looking at more of a competitor for the WiiU than the XBox One or PS4.

In any case, let's hope it doesn't flop like the Fire Phone did.  It might be that having it as an AT&T exclusive didn't help.  That only worked once, for Apple.
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