Amazon acquires game developer Double Helix Games

The Internet retailer said the acquisition is part of its efforts to build innovative games for customers

Amazon.com has acquired game studio Double Helix Games as part of its strategy to strengthen its games offering to customers.

The company said in a statement Wednesday that it has acquired Double Helix "as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers."

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Amazon also declined to discuss whether it had acquired the gaming studio for its talent, a trend popularly known as acqui-hire, or for its games.

Double Helix in Irvine, California, is best known for developing Killer Instinct for the Xbox One. The company said on its website that it is "currently working on other amazing projects that are tightly under wraps."

Amazon has a game studio, called Amazon Game Studios, which is "focused on creating innovative, fun and well-crafted games, and have fun at the same time." The studio has job openings in Seattle, San Francisco, and Irvine, according to its website.

The acquisition of Double Helix is adding to earlier speculation that the Internet retailer is planning to launch its own gaming and entertainment device and is working aggressively with developers in this connection.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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