Ubisoft's has acquired French dev studio Nadeo, creator of the excellent PC multiplayer racing series, TrackMania.
The publisher was undoubtedly attracted to the 700,000 unique users who play TrackMania - which is all about big loops, tons of combatants and custom tracks - every month. For the ignorant, we've included a video below.
"The acquisition of Nadeo is an important step in our expansion within the on-line gaming sector", said Yves Guillemot, Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft. "Through Nadeo, Ubisoft will gain an expert team, one of the best on-line technologies around as well as a flagship multiplayer game that enjoys an unrivalled reputation among a loyal and committed community.
"We are excited about the idea of introducing TrackMania to an ever-wider audience and sharing the expertise of Nadeo's teams with our Group's other developers".
Nadeo CEO, Florent Castelnérac added: "Joining Ubisoft is a huge opportunity for us to develop and innovate and take Nadeo to new horizons. Nadeo's team was keen for this acquisition to happen. Like players in a community, we see ourselves as being a complementary fit with Ubisoft and believe that we can share and quickly move ahead together".