Local game developer Ninja Kiwi (which we reckon just might have one of the best business names in the country) has bought a Scottish company with an almost equally awesome name – Digital Goldfish.
Digital Goldfish’s 15-person game studio will remain in Dundee under the management of co-founders David Hamilton and Barry Petrie, with a focus on expanding Ninja Kiwi’s reach on mobile platforms.
Digital Goldfish has worked closely with Ninja Kiwi for several years, developing the mobile versions of hit games Bloons and Bloons TD (Bloons TD 5 will be released for Apple mobile devices this month).
Previously published under Digital Goldfish’s name on mobile, those games have had more than eight million downloads. Going forward, however, all games will be published under the Ninja Kiwi label, starting with Bloons TD 5.
“The Digital Goldfish guys have been great partners for us and have great depth of skill in mobile games development,” said Chris Harris, co-founder of Ninja Kiwi. “As we continue to build our mobile games reach, joining forces with the Digital Goldfish team is just awesome. Blending their mobile expertise with our IP and player base has worked really well for us to date, so this acquisition is strategically very strong for us.”
Barry Petrie, co-founder of Digital Goldfish, said the deal made "absolute sense" for both parties and was a natural next step.
“What started as a simple license deal developed into the perfect partnership," he said.
Ninja Kiwi is a privately owned Auckland-based developer and publisher of web and mobile games with 20 staff.