Thursday, 11 May 2017

Google Acquires Game Developer Owlchemy Labs


In a short, yet notably excited blog post, Google announced their acquisition of the award-winning development studio Owlchemy Labs. The studio has made the most out of virtual reality’s recent popularity, releasing quality titles such as Caaaaardboard!, Job Simulator, and Rick & Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Google continues to show their dedication to the VR platform with this acquisition, hinting at future plans for the studio and their other existing projects like Google Earth VR.

Together, we'll be working to create engaging, immersive games and developing new interaction models across many different platforms to continue bringing the best VR experiences to life.

Austin, Texas based Owlchemy Labs released their own blog with a more relaxed tone, reflecting on their humble beginnings, core commitments, and thrill for VR’s future landscape. What may be considered a great testament to their talent and dedication is the team’s growth: starting with 4 people and working up to 23, Google may have just picked up a small group to help build upcoming products a long way.

Over those years, we learned that Owlchemy, at its core, cares deeply about a few key things: building quality multi-platform games, solving tough problems with a small but absurdly talented team, sharing our learnings with the community, and Austin’s famous tacos. Now, as we look to the future with Google by our side, we couldn’t be happier.

I would be quite happy if Google was covering my tacos, too. With Google’s vast amount of resources, all the studio should require for continued success is implementing their quality ideas towards new titles.

Thanks to cageymaru for sourcing this.

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