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This article was published on February 6, 2014


Amid rumors of an Amazon game console, the company acquires a video gaming studio

Amid rumors of an Amazon game console, the company acquires a video gaming studio Image by: David McNew
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Amazon Holds News ConferenceRumors of Amazon developing an Android game console have recently been making the rounds after VG247 reported on it last week — and they’re only set to mount after it was revealed today that Amazon has acquired video gaming studio Double Helix Games (hat/tip TechCrunch).

Amazon confirmed the deal to us with a statement:

Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers.

Double Helix Games is behind the Xbox One exclusive launch title Killer Instinct, announced by Microsoft at E3 and released in November last year.

Amazon first threw its hat into the games ring back in August 2012 with the launch of Amazon Game Studios, when it also debuted its first title called ‘Living Classics’, a Facebook game that was eventually retired in October 2013. Subsequently, it went on to launch a handful of other titles, but the division has not been gaining that much traction — and it seems like bringing in Double Helix Games, even if it may not lead to a game console, signals a renewed push by Amazon to focus on games.

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