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Post by Eorl @ 02:34pm 08/08/12 | 9 Comments
In some good news for the Australian gaming industry,VentureBeat is reporting that the Australian based online-game software maker BigWorld has been purchased by Wargaming for a large sum of $45 million.

For those that haven't heard of the publishing company, Wargaming is responsible for the very large free-to-play titles such as World of Tanks and the upcoming World of Warships. In a exclusive interview with VentureBeat, chief executive Victor Kislyi has said that the "acquisition is like many others where a publisher decides to acquire one of its suppliers of a critical tool so that it can stay in control of its own destiny."

The acquisition is said to add more than 25 employees to the ranks, and allow a larger control of the software that Wargaming use to securely launch and run their MMO worlds with the millons of players that it garners. As an added bonus for Wargaming, costs for developing their titles will obviously be much lower now that the studio is in-house.

For the full article you can head over to VentureBeat, which goes into a bit more detail about the acquisition of BigWorld.



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Khel
Posted 02:54pm 08/8/12
Oh wow, they still exist? I thought Microforte/Bigworld went bust years ago
HurricaneJim
Posted 03:49pm 08/8/12
Actually Eorl World of Battleships (not Warships) isn't even in Alpha yet. World of Warplanes (WoWp) is in closed beta testing and will be released before WoBs.
E.T.
Posted 04:31pm 08/8/12
Oh wow, they still exist? I thought Microforte/Bigworld went bust years ago


I just gave John D a call to congratulate him. Himself, Steve and Simon worked a long hard road to this end and I couldn't be happier in hearing the news.

I was in John D's car in Canberra in 1997 when he told me about his concept for the bigworld game engine and how they could make it work. These guys deserve the reward, well done.
Khel
Posted 05:32pm 08/8/12
Oh yeah, I wasn't being b****y or negative, I was just genuinely suprised they were still around. Cos Bigworld was Microforte wasn't it? I had assumed it went under when Microforte went under. But its great to see aussie developers actually doing well :)
BladeRunner
Posted 05:53pm 08/8/12
Awesome, I still play WoT, Got my brother into it now. Now if they had aussie servers...
E.T.
Posted 07:08pm 08/8/12
Khel, I don't think you where being narky bud, I was just talking them up anyway :)
Kustom
Posted 10:04pm 08/8/12
They don't have an Aussie server Blade but they do have a South East Asia server which i get like a 100-120 ping on. Only downside is the population sucks
HurricaneJim
Posted 10:35am 09/8/12
They don't have an Aussie server Blade but they do have a South East Asia server which i get like a 100-120 ping on. Only downside is the population sucks


Not being racist but not only do the numbers suck but Asians aren't known for their tanking prowess. To my knowledge they get owned by Aussies and Kiwis.
BladeRunner
Posted 12:32pm 09/8/12
I just downloaded the SEA WoT, Going to try it out for something to do.
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