Amazon acquires Double Helix

Written by David Hing

February 6, 2014 // 8:25 a.m.

Tags: #amazon #amazon-game-studios #double-helix #killer-instinct

Online retail giant Amazon has continued its foray into the world of gaming with the acquisition of Killer Instinct developer Double Helix.

The development studio, formed of a merger between The Collective and Shiny Entertainment in 2007, was acquired for the purposes of talent and intellectual property, according to a report from TechCrunch.

The deal came to light through an invitation to a joint recruiting event held by Amazon and Double Helix due to take place next week. Financial details of the deal have not yet been revealed.

Approximately 75 people work at Double Helix and will now become Amazon employees. The team will continue to work from their California studio.

Alongside Killer Instinct, Double Helix has also worked on Silent Hill: Homecoming, Front Mission Evolved and some licensed titles including GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters and Battleship.

The studio's upcoming title Strider due for release later this year is still on schedule, but subsequent games on the company's release schedule have been put on hold.

Amazon already has a presence in the games industry through Amazon Game Studios which focuses on mobile and social games. It has currently only has tower defence game Air Patriots available for download.

Rumours have also circulated that Amazon intends to launch its own Android-powered gaming console this year that will compete with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.

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