RealNetworks goes Backstage for acquistion in Victoria

by Rob Lewis

Scratch Backstage Technologies off of the PEER 1 Victoria Startup Index for September 2010 that was published earlier today.

Seattle's RealNetworks announced yesterday that it has acquired the Victoria-based social games company.

Backstage has built a robust catalog of accessible and fun social games including Pull Tabs, Scratch and Win, Slots and Vinyl City. Backstage is best known for partnering with iWin on the popular Facebook adaptation of FremantleMedia's hit TV game show Family Feud.

"We acquired Backstage to advance our commitment to delivering fun and engaging games," said Matt Hulett, senior vice president of the Games Division at RealNetworks.  "With their pioneering talents in supporting and optimizing leading social gaming titles to scale to millions of users, Backstage will help evolve and improve our existing social games efforts."

The Backstage team will continue to operate out of Victoria. 

In October of 2007, Techvibes sponsored Vancouver’s first Facebook Developer Garage where Backstage's Russell Ovans and SuperRewards' Jason Bailey were among the presenters. Both companies have have been acquired since.

Look out for the next Vancouver Facebook Developer Garage to take place in October 2010 thanks to the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

SuperRewards is a KITNMedia company. We have been in the CPA and performance marketing space since 1998. We are on a first name basis with the owners of most major networks. We've seen it all over the years and know the nuances of the industry. SuperRewards was established in the summer of 2007 shortly after the Facebook platform launched. It was an in house tool at first and was officially... more

Backstage Technologies Inc.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

We are a Canadian software company that creates casual games for social networks. Our games bring prize collecting and achievements to a social context through competition, trading, & community. Our games include Bingo Explosion, Mind Games, Scratch and Win, Pull Tabs, and Slots. Pioneers in social game monetization, our Scratch and Win Facebook application was the first to integrate the Super... more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  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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