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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

August 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Bothell’s Sandlot Games sold

Another Seattle area video game company was snapped up today as part of the ongoing consolidation in the industry.

Bothell-based Sandlot Games was acquired by Digital Chocolate, a San Mateo, Calif.-game company that earlier bulked up by acquiring studios in Barcelona and Helsinki. Digital Chocolate, led by game pioneer Trip Hawkins, received $12 million in funding earlier this year.

Sandlot was started in 2002 by Daniel Bernstein, a Russian-born developer and music composer who earlier worked at WildTangent. Bernstein drew on his Russian connections to establish a satellite studio in St. Petersburg.

The company’s breakout hits include “Cake Mania” and “Super Granny” and its titles have been downloaded more than 300 million times.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. A Digital Chocolate spokesman said no layoffs are planned and Sandlot will expand as its games are extended to additional platforms.

“Sandlot has built a great reputation in casual games,” Hawkins said in the release. “We love their development teams and we can now expand further in Seattle and Eastern Europe. We expect to be the leading game company in at least 5 of the 7 cities where we now have development studios.”

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