Microsoft has expressed its intent to acquire BigPark, an interactive online gaming company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The acquisition will bring BigPark’s developers into Microsoft Game Studios, where the team will continue development on an exclusive Xbox 360 game.
BigPark, says Microsoft, was founded in 2007 by a group of people who led the creation of two software companies, Distinctive Software Inc. and Electronic Arts Canada. BigPark’s founding team has extensive experience in the video game industry, having produced or overseen franchises including “Need for Speed,” “FIFA Soccer,” “NBA Street” and “SSX,” according to Microsoft.
“We believe BigPark has tremendous potential to create new properties and innovative gaming experiences for our platforms, one of which we’re looking forward to showcasing at the E3 Expo in June,” says Phil Spencer, general manager, Microsoft Game Studios.
BigPark was founded by Wil Mozell, Erik Kiss, Hanno Lemke, and Don Mattrick before Mattrick assumed the role of senior vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft.
Mattrick’s role as an investor in BigPark was fully disclosed to Microsoft before he joined the company, and his ongoing involvement as chairman of BigPark was approved pursuant to the Microsoft Standards of Business Conduct, informs Microsoft.