Microsoft acquires Vancouver's Big Park

by Rob Lewis

Microsoft announced yesterday that it is acquiring Vancouver video game developer BigPark. The stealthy BigPark (thanks in part to its odd UBC location) was created by Electronic Arts alumni Erik Kiss, Hanno Lemke, and Wil Mozell in 2007. Kiss and Lemke go back as far as the Distinctive Software days which was founded in 1982 by Don Mattrick and Jeff Sember.

The writing has been on the wall for this deal fro awhile. Mattrick became BigPark's chairman prior to becoming a Senior VP at Microsoft in charge of the interactive entertainment business. It was just a matter of time before he brought his BigPark partners into the Microsoft fold.

In an interview with the Georgia Straight's Blain Kyllo late last year, Lemke talked about what it was like to run Black Box for EA, and how it was important to keep the independent studio vibe despite the fact that it was part of a 1,200-employee company.

Should be interesting to see how he makes out at Microsoft. At a minimum, the deal gives BigPark access to distribution, technology, and capital that will better enable the boutique developer to create some great games.

Company:
Microsoft
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Vancouver Development Center (VDC) is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The centre is home to some of the best and brightest software developers from around the world. Since opening its doors in September 2007, the VDC has quickly become an intricate part of Microsoft’s global strategy for distributed software development. VDC employees play a key role in architecting systems,... more

Company:
BigPark
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

BigPark is an interactive entertainment company founded in 2007 by a group of passionate gaming veterans who have worked together for over 20 years, and have led the creation and growth of two very successful software companies. more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more




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