Big Fish Games is a well know gaming company based in Seattle, now acquired and owned by Aristocrat Leisure. Big Fish games and its apps are most favourite among players. Its game manager is a digital rights management software that protects the games from piracy.
Big Fish was founded by Paul Thelen in 2002 with $10,000. In 2009, it announced the opening of their new European headquarters in Cork, Ireland.
- In August 2013, the company announced the closing of its cloud-based games service, Vancouver studio and Cork offices.
- In 2014, the company was acquired by Churchill Downs Inc. in a deal valued at up to $885 million.
- In 2018, Churchill Downs sold the company to Aristocrat Technologies for $990 million.
Now after the billion-dollar acquisition of Big Fish Games, Aristocrat is making some big changes to the executive team. Last month the company has appointed Jeff Karp as its Managing Director and President. Karp has an extensive resumé in the gaming sector, having held executive roles at EA, GSN Games and Zynga. He has aided in the development of many top-grossing games and helped to launch many successful product lines.
In his most recent role, Karp worked as the Chief Executive for the PLAY Division of Sports Illustrated. In this role, he worked on engagement and developed sports platforms for the youth market.
According to Karp he feels honored to be working with such a creative and talented group, who are focused on enhancing life through exceptional play. He believes that Big Fish is a content-rich company and its employees are passionate about making great games that bring joy and fun to millions of players around the world.
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Aristocrat has been a leader in the casino gambling market for decades. The company has never lost its enthusiasm for developing innovative new technology that appeals to modern gamers, but has recently decided that it is time to venture into a market outside of the gambling realm.
That’s why Aristocrat spent $1 billion to acquire Big Fish Games, a leading social gaming provider from Seattle, USA. While the company has released its own Big Fish Casino, it has dozens of other games under its belt, such as Match 3 titles, Puzzles, Word Games and Brain Teasers.
Big Fish Studios is the internal development studio that publishes original titles every year through Big Fish Games. Many of these games are developed using its own proprietary game engine that supports both DirectX and OpenGL.
Games developed by Big Fish Studios are Azada, Drawn: Dark Flight, Drawn: The Painted Tower, Drawn: Trail of Shadows, Fairway Solitaire HD, Fetch, Hidden Expedition – The Uncharted Islands, Hidden Expedition: Amazon, Hidden Expedition: Everest, Hidden Expedition: Titanic, Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull, Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst, Mystery Case Files: Fate’s Carnival, Mystery Case Files: Huntsville, Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate, Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects, Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst, Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst, Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake, Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident, Mystery in London, Mystic Inn.
The company entered the online gaming with its acquisition of the game website Ion Thunder in 2007; the service was re-branded as Atlantis following the acquisition. The service, which was later revamped as Big Sea Games in 2009, was shut down in 2010 as part of the company’s shift from traditional online games to social games on Facebook and mobile apps.
Aristocrat has its own social casino app, Hearts of Vegas, but there is no harm in acquiring one of its top-grossing competitors. Since 2012, Big Fish Casino has stayed in the top 50 of the Apple App Market while Jackpot Magic is in the top 100.
Now that the Aristocrat is getting more involved in social gaming you will soon see more of a crossover between social games and casino games, and surly that this will be the start of a trend in the online pokies world.