Saska­toon video game com­pany part­ners with Chi­nese firm

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

SASKA­TOON - A Chi­nese video game pub­lish­ing com­pany, Z-Play, has bought 70 per cent of Saska­toon’s Noodle­cake Stu­dios in a $6.3-mil­lion deal. Noodle­cake of­fi­cials say they will use the money and new part­ner­ship to de­sign more games and en­ter the Chi­nese mar­ket.

CEO Jor­dan Schid­lowsky says China is the big­gest mar­ket in the world for mo­bile gam­ing, but it’s hard to get into the mar­ket un­less you have a part­ner­ship. He says the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has strict re­stric­tions on for­eign com­pa­nies. Noodle­cake Stu­dios, the seven-year-old mo­bile game de­vel­op­ers, has cre­ated hun­dreds of games, both in-house and for third-party com­pa­nies.

Their most no­table game is Su­per Stick­man Golf. Schid­lowsky says since the ac­qui­si­tion, Noodle­cake’s games have had five times more down­loads in China than the U.S.

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