Microsoft acquires Vancouver's Big Park

Posted 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 Canada
Website:
http://www.microsoft.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

At Microsoft, we're motivated and inspired every day by how our customers use our software to find creative solutions to business problems, develop breakthrough ideas, and stay connected to what's most important to them. We run our business in much the same way, and believe our seven core business units offer the greatest potential to serve our customers in the coming decade. more

Company:
BigPark
Website:
http://www.bigpark.com
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

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