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Endeavor Chile firm Atakama acquired by Japan’s DeNA

Atakama Labs, a mobile gaming startup founded by Chilean Endeavor Entrepreneurs Tiburcio de la Carcova and Esteban Sosnik, has been acquired by prominent Japanese mobile-social company DeNA. Through this acquisition, Atakama has become the first Latin American subsidiary in DeNA’s growing global portfolio.

Atakama will now be involved in work on the social mobile gaming platform Mobage Global, which is operated by DeNA’s US arm Ngmoco, acquired last spring. DeNA states that “Atakama Labs will primarily provide engineering support for Ngmoco’s first-party and third-party games, as well as the Mobage platform itself. The companies already have an established relationship through previous work commissioned to Atakama to port third-party mobile social games to Mobage Global.” Ngmoco’s CEO says, “Atakama Labs’ highly skilled engineers and experienced management team will be a great asset as we grow.”

Atakama Labs has previously made itself known with Facebook’s Little Cave Hero game, an exploration and city-building game that includes user-generated content, making it more complex than many competing games in the city-building category.

DeNA became a billion-dollar company through success with mobile social games in Japan, and now aims to become a global gaming giant, which will mean taking on a great number of foreign employees. According to the company, “Currently DeNA Group has a staff of nearly 400 worldwide, working on social games for smartphones, and the Group plans to expand the team to 1,000 in the near future. The acquisition of Atakama Labs will add a team of 30 to DeNA’s global staff.”

Some experts have viewed the deal as a landmark for fellow Chilean entrepreneurs, as it will further fuel the growing perception that Chile is developing into a hub for high-growth entrepreneurship.

For more details on the deal, check out the coverage in VentureBeat.

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