A couple days ago it was reported by TechCrunch Zynga was in talks to buy OMGPOP, the maker of the hit iOS game Draw Something. Now, according to AllThingsD, their sources tell them the deal has been completed and the purchase price is around $200 million dollars. Zynga is set to announce a press conference at 3PM EST, most likely to share the news of the deal.
Zynga will absorb OMGPOP’s team of 40 people based in New York City, but of course the real prize here is Draw Something which has exceeded over 30 million users. Can we expect Draw Something to get the Zynga ‘treatment’? Wait for it…
Update 1: OMGPOP has written about the deal on Zynga’s blog about why they partnered–it’s official:
Zynga offered us a chance to focus on Draw Something. They know the power of the game and they planned with us how to let it keep rolling in the same fun, irreverent and social way that it has been. That was really important to us. And they are working with us on everything else –improving performance issues in the game, planning for new games, finding even more developers to work on the game and more. For us, as a small game studio in New York City, which is not at the epicenter of gaming, to find a partner to help us bring our special brand of fun to even more people, is an incredible opportunity.
So to players of the game, don’t worry. Nothing’s changing and now all the features you want — chat and sharing and galleries and more – will come even faster. Thank you for everything. And to all future players, you are going to love the things that OMGPOP and Zynga are cooking up together.
Just like Draw Something is a cooperative game where two players work together and have a lot of fun, we hope to replicate that same feeling with OMGPOP and Zynga, It’s going to be drawsome 😉
Let’s hope this is true!