Digital Chocolate finds a sweet deal, gobbles up Sandlot Games

There’s been quite a bit of M&A activity in recent weeks in the casual gaming industry, highlighted by Electronic Arts’ blockbuster buy of PopCap Games. But now a smaller Seattle area gaming company has found a good match. Sandlot Games, the maker of of Cake Mania, Super Granny and Tradewinds, has been acquired for an undisclosed price by Digital Chocolate.

“Sandlot has built a great reputation in casual games,” said Trip Hawkins, Founder and CEO of Digital Chocolate. “We love their development teams and we can now expand further in Seattle and Eastern Europe. We expect to be the leading game company in at least 5 of the 7 cities where we now have development studios.”

Sandlot was founded nine years ago by Dan Bernstein, a gaming veteran who previously worked at Kesmai Studios, Monolith Productions and WildTangent. He will become vice president at Digital Chocolate. The company says that it has recorded more than 300 million downloads of its games since it was created.

In addition to PopCap and Sandlot, Seattle’s Sucker Punch Productions also was recently acquired by Sony.

The acquisition of Sandlot marks the second exit for Seattle angel investor Geoff Entress, who was an early backer of the company. He also was an investor in Dashwire, which was acquired this month by HTC.

Based in San Mateo, California, Digital Chocolate earlier this year raised $12 million from Intel Capital, Sutter Hill and others.

  • Guest

    This is nice, but the more interesting story today is EA’s acquisition of Bight Games.