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Jagex makes its first acquisition in Pipeworks

Date Type Companies involved Size
July 22nd, 2022 acquisition Jagex
Pipeworks
Sumo Digital
$0m
Jagex makes its first acquisition in Pipeworks

RuneScape maker Jagex has made its first-ever acquisition.

That's according to GamesIndustry.biz, which reports that the UK-based company has bought US games company Pipework Studios for an undisclosed sum. If that name sounds familiar, it's because Sumo Group acquired Pipeworks back in September 2020 for $100 million

"That's massive for us," Jagex CEO Phil Mansell said.

"And it means we have a big presence in the US now where we didn't before. It means we've got proper access to the US talent market, and over half our players are in the US so that seems fitting as well."

He continued: "Pipeworks has a great team and a great business plan, and we're here to sponsor that. We're not going to change what they're doing on that front. They've got a great work-for-hire business, and we want to help them continue growing that. They've got some great owned IP and we can help them with that on the publishing front.

Disclaimer: Alex Calvin is a freelance writer who has worked with Jagex in the past on RuneScape: The First 20 Years.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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