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PandoDaily first reported that Google has bought various assets of Green Throttle Games, a company which worked on bringing mobile games to the big screen, and now Google has confirmed the deal to us.
This move could signal Google’s commitment to conquering the living room with a set-top box that focuses on games — after all, The Information [paywalled link] previously reported that a new, Android-powered set-top box is now in development and could hit the market in the first half of 2014.
According to a Google spokesperson, a few members of Green Throttle — including co-founders Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend — have joined Google. Charles Huang, of Guitar Hero fame, will continue running Green Throttle, though there are no details as to what the company will be doing. Green Throttle’s website still has an announcement from last year that announced it was pulling its Arena app from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for Android.
The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, and Google declined to elaborate on what the Green Throttle’s team members will be working on. All this secrecy only adds on to expectations for something brewing at Google, and a set-top box seems likely.
➤ Google buys the ghost of Green Throttle Games, as TV arms race gathers speed [PandoDaily]
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