Sep 23, 2016 08:37 AM EDT | By Mark Jason Alcala
"Clash of Clans" Developer Supercell seems bent to regain back its lost market share in the lucrative mobile games segment by any means necessary. Just recently, the Finnish developer acquired a controlling stake of another gaming company significantly boosting its mobile market presence.
Supercell recently acquired a 51 percent of another Finnish gaming company Frogmind Games reports Reuters. The "Clash of Clans" developer was reported to have made the acquisition for a value of US$7.8 million.
Frogmind Games is known for developing the originally mobile only game Badland back in 2014. In recent years, the "Clash of Clans" game is now available in multiple platforms such as Microsoft consoles Xbox One and Xbox 360, Sony consoles PlayStation 3, 4 and Vita, as well as PC system running in Windows, OS X and Linux. Current estimates place the game's total player base at a substantial 45 million players.
The recent acquisition by "Clash of Clans" developer Supercell highlights the seriousness of the developer's bid to remain the top mobile game developer. Recently, its turf has been invaded by the likes of Niantic Labs when it introduced the highly popular "Pokemon GO."
But Supercell is not the type to take this challenge sitting down. Aside from diversifying its stable of games by the recent acquisition of Frogmind Games, the developer is likewise enhancing its core game, the "Clash of Clans."
Expected to come out later this month is a massive "Clash of Clans" update for September. While the entire details are still under wraps, some exciting details have already been made available.
For instance, the "Clash of Clans" September update will introduce a new feature called the Clan Challenge. The upcoming feature is touted to offer more balanced wars because the matches will be arranged between the clans themselves.
In addition, the upcoming "Clash of Clans" September update is expected to be more generous to players. According to speculations, a "free gems" feature will also come with the update that may hopefully encourage players who quit to come back into the game.
But even before the highly anticipated "Clash of Clans" September update, it now appears that Supercell just scored a major victory against rival mobile game developer Niantic Labs. According to research company App Annie, Supercell's other game "Clash Royale" overtook Niantic's Pokemon GO as the top grossing game on iOS devices in the US.
In the meantime, Supercell is expected to release the "Clash of Clans" update later this month. Be sure to stay tuned to GamenGuide for the latest news.
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