Playdom has announced that it acquired Metaplace, Inc. a social gaming technology and game design company. The company was founded by Raph Koster and John Donham in 2006 after the pair left Sony Online Entertainment. They brought with them their experience with games like Star Wars Galaxies and Everquest II and immediately went to work on games like Island Life, and My Vineyard, which launched in early 2010.
Metaplace is but the latest in a growing line of acquisitions made by Playdom over the past few months (back in May, the company acquired Acclaim Games Inc, as an example). Playdom hopes to use the company’s technology to increase the rate at which it can release new games in the growing social and casual gaming space.
“We expect that the Metaplace social game engine will form a key part of our unified back-end technology platform for Playdom’s games going forward,” added David Sobeski, Playdom CTO, via a company press release. “We think the Metaplace engine is a competitive advantage in that it will take other companies years to duplicate its capabilities which will streamline and quicken our game development cycles.”
With Playdom already releasing games at a quicker rate than the other top Facebook game developers, this enhancement in speed could send their library soaring. We’ll be sure to bring you all of the details about Playdom’s newest games, whether they come from the talent at Metaplace or otherwise. To be sure you’re the first one to know about these new games, make sure to follow the official Frisky Mongoose Twitter account or Like us on Facebook, using the links in the Wibiya toolbar below.