Seattle’s RealNetworks announced yesterday that it has acquired the Victoria-based social games company.
Backstage has built a robust catalog of accessible and fun social games including Pull Tabs, Scratch and Win, Slots and Vinyl City. Backstage is best known for partnering with iWin on the popular Facebook adaptation of FremantleMedia’s hit TV game show Family Feud.
“We acquired Backstage to advance our commitment to delivering fun and engaging games,” said Matt Hulett, senior vice president of the Games Division at RealNetworks. “With their pioneering talents in supporting and optimizing leading social gaming titles to scale to millions of users, Backstage will help evolve and improve our existing social games efforts.”
The Backstage team will continue to operate out of Victoria.
In October of 2007, Techvibes sponsored Vancouver’s first Facebook Developer Garage where Backstage’s Russell Ovans and SuperRewards’ Jason Bailey were among the presenters. Both companies have have been acquired since.
Look out for the next Vancouver Facebook Developer Garage to take place in October 2010 thanks to the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society.