North American anime company FUNimation Entertainment has acquired a good-sized portion of online game developer/publisher GameSamba. The acquisition was announced at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. The companies announced a strategic alliance in July 2011, and FUNimation president Gen Fukunaga was named as GameSamba's first Chairman in October.
"Since forming our strategic alliance last year, it has become abundantly clear the similarity of our goals of delivering high-quality entertainment," said Fukunaga. "This move allows us to better share resources and leverage the combined talents of both companies."
Headquartered in Everett, WA, GameSamba offers free-to-play MMO and MMORPG client and browser computer based games.
"Many of our games have their roots in anime," commented Scott Wong, president and CEO of GameSamba. "As the audiences for both online gaming expand, we're seeing a great deal of crossover affinity and exciting opportunities for promotion and marketing."
Exact details of the acquisition were not disclosed during the announcement.