Google acquires members and assets of defunct studio Green Throttle

By Dave Cook
12 March 2014 08:23 GMT

Hot on the heels of Amazon scooping up Killer Instinct studio Double Helix Games, Google appears to have bought the remnants of Green Throttle Games, which was set up by former Guitar Hero developer Charles Huang.

Pando reports that the defunct studio, which was based in Santa Clara, has had its team and assets scooped up by Google in an under-the-radar acquisition.

Green Throttle Game was formed following a $6 million investment in 2012 by Huang, and Palm Pilot developers Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend.

When contacted, Google confirmed that the deal was official, and that it at least involved the hiring of Crowley and Townsend into the company’s flock. It also confirmed that Huang still holds the rights to Green Throttle and is still working on his Singtrix venture in New York, which makes Karaoke machines. Huang was reportedly unavailable for comment.

Pando’s sources have suggested that these new hires and asset acquisitions point to Google ramping up game development for its rumoured set-top TV box. The site has heard that Google’s interest in the firm surrounds the unit’s controller.

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