Mobile game developer King acquires AI firm Peltarion

Candy Crush maker King announced the acquisition of Swedish artificial intelligence company Peltarion, for an undisclosed sum. With the acquisition, mobile game developer King aims to accelerate its current use of AI and machine learning technology in its game platform.

Acquired by Activision Blizzard in 2016, King had 250 million monthly active users as of Q1 2022 across web, social and mobile platforms. The mobile game developer has developed over 200 exclusive games across its king.com, Facebook, and mobile distribution platforms such as the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Microsoft Windows App Store and Amazon Appstore. 

“We are proud to announce the acquisition of Peltarion. Machine learning technology is moving quickly, and by increasing our investments in this field, we expect to deliver even more creative content to our 250 million monthly players* (Q1 2022) across the globe. We believe the talented Peltarion team, together with the powerful technology they have built, will help us serve our players even more effectively with more engaging games and content. This is yet another step towards our mission of making the world playful,” said Tjodolf Sommestad, President of King.

Founded in 2004 by Luka Crnkovic-Friis and Måns Essén, Peltarion is an AI software company and a developer of a no-code, machine learning operations platform that empowers users to design, train and manage deep learning models in the Cloud at scale and at speed.

“This is a monumental chapter in Peltarion history. We are excited to be part of a big AI success story in the Nordics, especially with Stockholm at its base. We are impressed with King for being one of the most successful Swedish tech companies and mobile game developers of modern time. The scale and reach of King, with iconic franchises like Candy Crush Saga, is a great match for our technology. The opportunities with AI seem to be endless, and we cannot wait to unlock the potential of working together,” said Luka Crnkovic-Friis, Peltarion CEO.

Written by Maya Robertson

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