California-based mobile-first video games maker Scopely announced on Thursday that it has acquired popular battle royale title ‘Stumble Guys’ from its Finland-based developer Kitka Games for an undisclosed sum.
The game, which was initially released in February 2021, currently has 20 million daily active players, and has been played for over 1 billion hours so far, Scopely said.
“We are thrilled that so many players have embraced the fun of ‘Stumble Guys,’ building highly engaged communities that connect with the game around the world,” said Kitka Games CEO Olli Lahtinen. “As a small game studio, our heart is in the development process and we were looking for the right partner to take ‘Stumble Guys’ to the next level. Scopely immediately stood apart as the right home for our beloved experience as we believe they will provide the infrastructure and creativity to help realize the full potential of the game, continuing to deepen and grow the community for years to come.”
Scopely, which owns popular titles including Star Trek: Fleet Command, WWE Champions, Marvel Strike Force and Kingdom Maker, also acquired GSN Games from Sony Pictures for $1 billion last year.
The new acquisition will help them broaden their footprint in new gaming genres, reach new demographics and markets, the company said.
Scopely’s Chief Revenue Officer and Board Member Tim O’Brien commented: “Stumble Guys’ is one of the most social, multiplayer and deeply engaging experiences that we have seen in a long time, with more than 1 billion hours of playtime to date. Kitka Games created a vibrant, fun game that connects people of all ages around the world – serving as a compelling digital playground that delights players each day. With community at its core, ‘Stumble Guys’ embodies our strategic approach of investing in, creating and live-operating games that resonate long-term with players, and we look forward to continuing to shepherd and expand the experience that players love.”