Vivendi Games recently acquired Wanako Games, the biggest game developer in Latin America (financial details of the transaction remain undisclosed). Wanako is the company that -- in conjunction with Vivendi's Sierra Online division -- released last year's award-winning Assault Heroes
into the Xbox Live Arcade space, and now they're working to add 3-D Ultra Minigolf Adventures
to their console-download resume. Wanako will continue to maintain its employees and offices in Santiago, Chile.
Vivendi Games Acquires Top Latin American
Game Developer Wanako Games
Developer of Award-Winning Assault Heroes Further Strengthens Sierra
Internal Development Capabilities for Casual Online Games
LOS ANGELES - Feb. 20, 2007 - Vivendi Games today announced the acquisition
Wanako Games, based in Santiago, Chile. Wanako is the largest game
studio in Latin America. Financial terms of the transaction were not
The acquisition underscores the commitment by Vivendi Games' Sierra Online
to enhance its internal product development capabilities in the fast growing
console download online games space. Sierra Online will bring to life
of Wanako's innovative, original concepts and will retain and grow its
team of developers.
Sierra Online teamed up with Wanako Games on the development of the
Xbox Live® Arcade title, Assault Heroes(TM), released in December 2006.
Heroes was awarded Xbox Live Arcade Game of the Year by IGN.com, the web's
one videogame information site. Next up, Wanako Games will bring their
expertise to the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade game, 3-D Ultra Minigolf
"Wanako exudes the commitment to quality and a passion for developing great
that we ourselves strongly believe in," said Ed Zobrist, president, Sierra
"The studio has an extensive offering of valuable tools and technologies
can be leveraged across all of Sierra Online's development studios. The
of Wanako's development experience, creativity and technical capabilities
contribute greatly to our presence as a leading publisher of console
"We are very excited to join a visionary group like Sierra Online who is
on bringing truly entertaining and innovative online games to a mass
said Esteban Sosnik, founder and former CEO of Wanako Games. "In working
Sierra Online on Assault Heroes it quickly became clear that our companies
the same core values in game development and by joining together we could
and deliver amazing products."
Sosnik will become head of Sierra Online Latin America and assume a broader
responsible for Sierra Online's business initiatives in Latin America.
"The entire development team is incredibly excited to join forces with
Online to lead the industry in the casual online games space," said Tiburcio