Ninja Kiwi acquires Digital Goldfish

Ninja Kiwi acquires Digital Goldfish
Aaron Lee

By Aaron Lee

November 1st 2012 at 12:40PM

New owner says it is now an 'indie development powerhouse'

New Zealand-based games company Ninja Kiwi has acquired Scottish game studio Digital Goldfish for an undisclosed sum.

Digital Goldfish’s 15-person studio will remain in Dundee, Scotland under the management of co-founders David Hamilton and Barry Petrie, and the team will focus on expanding Ninja Kiwi’s reach on mobile platforms.

“The Digital Goldfish guys have been great partners for us and have great depth of skill in mobile games development,” said Chris Harris, co-founder of Ninja Kiwi.

“As we continue to build our mobile games reach, joining forces with the Digital Goldfish team is just awesome. Blending their mobile expertise with our IP and player base has worked really well for us to date, so this acquisition is strategically very strong for us.”

“What started as a simple license deal developed into the perfect partnership,” added Barry Petrie, co-founder of Digital Goldfish.

“We have collaborated on several successful titles together and racked up millions of downloads in the process. This deal made absolute sense for both parties and was a natural progressive step in the relationship between the two companies. We are delighted to become part of the Ninja Kiwi family and are excited for the future as we look to bring existing and new Ninja Kiwi IP to a variety of platforms.”

Digital Goldfish’s has produced the Bloons series on mobile, which have been downloaded over eight million times. Going forward, all games will be published under the Ninja Kiwi label, the first of which will be Bloons TD 5.

Ninja Kiwi is a privately owned Auckland-based developer and publisher of web and mobile games. Founded in 2006 by Chris Harris and Stephen Harris, Ninja Kiwi currently has 20 staff and operates their own gaming website with five Million monthly unique visitors.

Following the acquisition, Ninja Kiwi says it is now an “indie development powerhouse”.