Zynga buys British-based games company

NEW YORK Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:22am BST

A generic picture of a computer keyboard. REUTERS/Catherine Benson

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Zynga has acquired Wonderland Software, a nine-person video game studio based in Britain that makes mobile games for Apple devices, in a bid to offer more games for users to play on smartphones and tablets.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Zynga, which is privately held, has expanded rapidly through small acquisitions at the rate of about one a month in the past year as it seeks to dominate the casual gaming market and expand internationally. In March, it announced it was doubling its staff in India this year to 200 employees.

Wonderland Software, which will be renamed Zynga Mobile UK, is based near Guildford. It makes the popular game GodFinger for the iPhone and iPad, but Zynga will not be receiving that license in the deal, the company said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that Zynga had poached the No. 2 executive at Electronic Arts, John Schappert, to heads its games division.

(Reporting by Liana B. Baker; editing by John Wallace)

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