PopCap Capping The Competition…One Studio At A Time

Monster of the casual gaming market, PopCap, has expanded its all-encompassing domination of the Xbox Live Arcade by acquiring Gastronaut Studios, the team behind XBLA titles Small Arms and Gel – Set & Match.

Small Arms, just one title to be enveloped by PopCap’s giant, iron fist.

The acquisition looks sure to put PopCap even further ahead in their market and put a little extra spice in the sauce that is their catalogue of games. Co-founder of Gastronaut Studios, Jacob Van Wingen, seems pleased with the deal: “We’ve enjoyed a fantastic working relationship with PopCap on their XBLA titles and we’re thrilled to be joining their team to create exciting titles that players of all stripes will love.”

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Sam Finch

Sam has been unable to peel his bloodshot eyes and RSI-ridden wrists from the world of gaming since he was first introduced to it, like all good junkies, by his Grandad. From those early days of MegaDrive sweetness, bashing through the throngs of enemies on Shining Force II, his love of all things games has extended upwards and outwards onto a variety of platforms. You can either believe that spiel, or get the real scoop and know that his spaceship actually crashed here some years ago and he is currently incognito as a games writer for Console Monster.

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