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September 14, 2010 at 2:08 PM

RealNetworks buys B.C. game shop with Facebook skills

As part of its effort to build up its GameHouse platform, RealNetworks today bought a social-games company in Victoria, B.C.,

Backstage Technologies — which worked on the Facebook version of “Family Feud” — has expertise engineering and monetizing games for social platforms, Real said in its release.

The purchase price wasn’t disclosed; Real said it won’t materially affect Real’s sales or earnings in 2010.

Real Chief Executive Bob Kimball’s release quote:

“As we transform RealNetworks, we will focus on areas with strong revenue growth and profit potential that will realize the value of our core businesses. The most compelling growth opportunity in games today is social games, and this acquisition is part of our commitment to make our entire GameHouse business social.”

Backstage has 18 employees, who will remain based in Victoria. Its catalog includes “Pull Tabs,” “Scratch and Win,” “Slots” and “Vinyl City.”

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