Lego buys Lego Universe game

Gazillion has sold its rights in the development of the MMOG game to Lego, the publisher of the game.
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The majority of Lego Universe development team members, formerly part of Gazillion's NetDevil subsidiary, have been offered employment by the Lego Group, who will continue game development and operations from the current Louisville, Colorado studio.

"We're excited about the launch of Lego Universe, and are happy to have the developers officially join the Lego team," said Jesper Vilstrup, VP at the Lego Group.

"This acquisition demonstrates our commitment both to the ongoing success of Lego Universe and to an overall strategy to expand our brand online."

David Brevik, Gazillion Entertainment president and COO, added: "Gazillion's focus is developing, operating, and publishing the next generation of browser-delivered games.

"We're proud of the game our team built, and are certain that it has a bright future. The transition of members of our team to the Lego Group enables us to focus completely on internally-published, free-to-play game businesses."

The acquisition of the rights to the game and the ability to move members of the team to continue work on the game follows the fulfilment of the Lego Universe development contract. Gazillion will move its other NetDevil projects to a new location.

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