Gimme5games bought by Zattikka

Gimme5games bought by Zattikka
Michael French

By Michael French

September 10th 2009 at 9:55AM

Social and mobile game firm becomes the first major acquisition in Zattikkaâ??s new venture

Tim Chaney's new firm Zattikka has hit the ground running – with its first move in games being the acquisition of iPhone and Flash specialist Gimme5games.

Zattikka wants to be a major force in the online social gaming market. It was founded earlier this year by industry veteran and former Virgin Interactive and US Gold boss Chaney with ex-Yahoo! Europe CEO Mark Opzoomer.

The pair want Zattikka to become ‘the pinpoint destination address for internet and mobile gaming development and distribution’ by launching a range of online games and title for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.

Buying Gimme5games will help establish Zattikka’s development resource and make good on Chaney’s
claim to MCV in June that he is looking at a number of targets in the UK for acquisition.

Gimme5games was founded by Matt Spall after an MBO from Eidos earlier this year. The firm is known for its Flash gaming online portal, owned IP like Balloon Headed Boy, and a number of iPhone releases. Spall and his colleages Ian Willey and Ronny Batty will now all join Zattikka on a full time basis.

“These guys’ Flash games have had 140 million plays,” said Chaney.

“They know their way around the browser and download space like you and I know the way around Tesco. And Matt is ex-VIE from the hedonistic days so he can’t be all bad. It’s a pleasure to work with him again.”

Spall added: “We’re really pleased to find such an exciting new home for Gimme5games, and with the combined industry heritage of Tim Chaney and Mark Opzoomer at the helm, we see Zattikka doing great things with this, and all its planned exploits.”

That’s not all for Zattikka. As part of its push to create a ‘radical network of both broad and niche flash gaming sites’ the firm will launch a new ‘gore n’ guns’ site called Badhed at the end of this month.