Reliance Entertainment to expand gaming studios arm

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.

“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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