Ubisoft has announced the acquisition of Future Games of London, the developers behind the popular Hungry Shark mobile franchise which back in 2011 boasted a 25 million user base.
As part of the deal, Ubisoft is adding the studio’s staff and the Hungry Shark franchise to Ubisoft’s mobile business.
Established in 2009, Future Games of London is exclusively focused on developing free-to-play games for mobiles and tablets. With 41 employees, the company has achieved more than 100 million downloads across multiple IPs.
“With this deal, we’re biting off an even bigger part of the market for mobile and tablet games,” said Jean-Michel Detoc, MD of Ubisoft’s mobile business. “Future Games of London brings a popular and profitable franchise to Ubisoft’s portfolio, and supplements our mobile group with a very talented team that has a deep understanding of mobile and free-to-play mechanics.”
“We are thrilled to join Ubisoft and are looking forward to leveraging its scale, experience and support to expand our brands and maximize the worldwide reach of our very promising forthcoming titles.” said Ian Harper, Managing Director, Future Games of London.
Hungry Shark Evolution, the fourth installment in the firm’s franchise, has already been downloaded more than 30 million times since launch.