Ubisoft buys excellent TrackMania dev

Cult PC racer gets a new daddy

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".