India’s homegrown esports and skill gaming company, Mobile Premier League (MPL) makes inroads into Europe by acquiring Germany-based game studio, GameDuell for an undisclosed amount.
The acquisition goes in line with MPL’s expansion strategy which the company had announced last year. With GameDuell onboard, MPL now has an international presence in Asia, Europe, and the US. The acquisition also marks MPL’s entry into the mobile free-to-play (F2P) gaming segment.
While the financial details of the deal were not presented, it is confirmed that all the employees currently working for GameDuell will become a part of the MPL team.
“We are excited to expand our operations to Europe after having successfully ventured into Indonesia and the U.S,” said Sai Srinivas, co-founder, and CEO, MPL.
“We believe our collaboration with GameDuell will give us the right strategic support and expertise to take this new journey forward and help us continue to offer exemplary gaming experience for both India and the world. We welcome the incredibly talented GameDuell team onboard, and together we look forward to creating best-in-class gaming experiences and growing the Mobile F2P segment.”
MPL’s expansion to Europe reinforces its commitment to the growing gaming sector and a strong intent to cater to the global markets. The deal will provide MPL with skilled developers with expertise in building multiplayer games like board, action arcade, and puzzle games.
“We are thrilled to embark on this new journey with MPL and believe the complementary strengths between both teams will enable us to grow our GameDuell games communities even bigger across the world,” said Kai Bolik, CEO, GameDuell.
“Given GameDuell’s expertise and experience in the segment coupled with MPL’s global distribution and ambitious vision, we look forward to further building our vision of bringing people together to have a good time with games on a global scale.”
Headquartered in Berlin, GameDuell is one of Europe’s most experienced games studios and a global leader in community card and board games with more than 40 casual online skill games that are delivered in upto 7 different languages. The company began its operation in 2003 and has raised a total of over $17 million from investors such as Wellington Partners and Burda Digital Ventures.