Reliance Entertainment to expand gaming studios arm

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Mumbai, April 11 (IANS) Betting big on the global digital gaming space, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment on Monday said it will be expanding its portfolio of studios, via its video games development arm Codemaster, to include a team from its peer Evolution Studios.

The development follows the closure of Evolution Studios by its owners Sony.

The 30-year-old Codemaster is a reputed video game developer and publisher, in which Reliance Big Reliance Big Entertainment had acquired a 60 percent stake in 2010. Members of Evolution Studios, also a developer, will join it to create fresh gaming content, a company statement said.

The two studios, over the past 30 years, have created some of the successful racing franchises in the industry like Grid, DiRT, Driveclub and MotorStorm.

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“With phenomenal racing DNA on both the sides, this fusion will form the world’s largest racing-focused games company and leverage the expertise from both sides to create the most-exciting racing games in the market,” the Reliance Big statement said.

Mick Hocking, a former top honcho of of Evolution Studios, will take charge as vide president for product development at Codemasters and oversee all of the company’s studios, the statement added.

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