Tel Aviv-based TabTale, a leading, global creator of interactive books, games and educational apps for kids, announced the acquisition of Las Vegas-based Sunstorm Games, a kids mobile game developer. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but it has reportedly been valued at approximately $6 million.
“We are excited to announce our first US acquisition!” said TabTale. “Following the acquisitions of Level Bit and Coco Play, we have acquired Sunstorm Games, a Las Vegas-based kids mobile game developer, with more than 100 games released to date and millions of dedicated users. Sunstorm Games is known for their popular “Maker” series, as well as for hits like Gymnastics Events and My School Dance.”
“We followed Sunstorm’s activity for a while and reached the conclusion that acquiring Sunstorm and working alongside its talented team, will not only enrich our portfolio, but will also expand our worldwide reach,” said TabTale CEO Sagi Schliesser. “Sunstorm Games has a proven loyal fan base, similar to that of TabTale. We look forward to collaborating with Sunstorm and continuing to develop the best mobile games for our loyal customers, over 40 million monthly active users, the majority of whom are in the U.S.”
TabTale has been repeatedly recognized as a Top 10 Games Publisher Worldwide with over 500 million downloads and 33 million monthly active users. With a proprietary platform made for rapid development of high-quality content for smart devices, TabTale has released over 300 apps for kids on iOS, Android and Windows.
Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Israel, TabTale is a global company with operations in seven countries: Israel, US, China, Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Ukraine.
Between 2011 and 2013, TabTale has raised $13.5 million in 4 funding rounds, from investors including San Diego-based Qualcomm Ventures, and Israel’s Magma Venture Partners and Vintage Investment Partners.
In January 2013 TabTale had acquired Israel-based Kids Games Club.
In early 2014, TabTale introduced a new gaming label called Crazy Labs, which was formed to publish mobile games for older audiences. Capitalizing on TabTale’s existing market success and expertise in the kids apps market, Crazy Labs partners with independent development studios across the globe to create engaging mobile content for audiences aged 13 and older, expanding the breadth and range of TabTale’s mobile offerings.
In May 2014, TabTale had acquired Coco Play Limited, a Hong Kong and China-based developer of educational apps and games for kids, enabling TabTale to establish a presence in China and reach a wider global audience.Founded in 2013, Coco Play has witnessed rapid growth due to the popularity of its games. Its apps have reached the #1 ranking on the Chinese App Store in the Kids, Education, and Family categories, and enjoyed similar success in other countries.
Earlier this year, TabTale had acquired Level Bit, a computer and mobile game development studio based in Serbia.
Sunstorm Games was founded in 2009 by Anthony Campiti, a PC gamer turned mobile game enthusiast. With over 80 titles and 140 million downloads, it is a leader in the casual mobile gaming space. Sunstorm is known as a pioneer of the ‘Maker’ series of games, and other popular hits such as Gymnastics Events and My School Dance, many of which consistently appear on Apple’s Top 10 games in the App Store.