Blizzard plans to buy Spellbreak maker Proletariat

Date Type Companies involved Size
June 30th, 2022 acquisition Blizzard Entertainment
Proletariat Inc.
Not disclosed
Blizzard plans to buy Spellbreak maker Proletariat

The developer of free-to-play battle royale hit Spellbreak, Proletariat, is going to be bought by Blizzard.

That's according to VentureBeat, which reports that the Boston-based studio is to be acquired for an undisclosed sum. Proletariat's 100-strong team is going to be integrated into Blizzard.

Those joining will be helping finish up development on the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Dragonflight, apparently.

Word that Blizzard was going to be buying Proletariat came shortly after news that the developer is going to be closing down Spellbreak.

"Our vision was to create a fresh, multiplayer action-spellcasting game with exceptional movement and class customization that would give players the chance to unleash their inner battlemage," Proletariat wrote about the closure.

"We are grateful to everyone in the game’s community for exploring the magical worlds and experiences we created together. Spellbreak was an ambitious project that saw our team push new boundaries in design and development and we are excited to continue to innovate as we create new titles in the future." 

Proletariat was founded back in 2012 with an initial focus on mobile games. It released Spellbreak in September 2020, a title that quickly attracted five million players.

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