RIM buys social mobile gaming company Scoreloop

RIM buys social mobile gaming company Scoreloop

Summary: Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry smartphones, has purchased the mobile social gaming company Scoreloop.The deal was announced on the BlackBerry Developer Blog on Monday; financial terms were not disclosed.

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Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry smartphones, has purchased the mobile social gaming company Scoreloop.

The deal was announced on the BlackBerry Developer Blog on Monday; financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition will give RIM access to Scoreloop's developer toolkit for building cross-platform social mobile games. Scoreloop said it will continue to build toolkits for other platforms but that the experience would be better on a RIM device.

"As part of RIM, we'll be in the unique position to integrate deeply into BlackBerry platforms... We'll continue our cross-platform approach but you'll see that our BlackBerry solution will be unparalleled," Marc Gumpinger, chief of Scoreloop, said in an announcement on the company website on Monday.

Traditionally BlackBerry devices have focused on attracting enterprise adoption but in recent months RIM has made a series of more consumer-focused announcements.

In December 2010, RIM purchased 3D user interface specialist The Astonishing Tribe for an undisclosed sum in order to augment its BlackBerry 6 and QNX platforms.

Following this, in March, RIM announced that it would allow Android apps and games to run on its QNX-based PlayBook tablet via "app players".

Topic: Mobility

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