World of Tanks maker buys Gas Powered Games

Gas Powered Games has found economic refuge in the embrace of World of Tanks maker Wargaming, the companies announced today. The studio behind Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander will be purchased by the rapidly expanding free-to-play firm for an undisclosed sum.

It's the second Western studio acquisition in as many weeks for the Belarusian publisher, which bought out FEAR 3 and MechAssault developer Day 1 Studios for $20 million in January. Wargaming will absorb Gas Powered Games and bring on its remaining developers, including founder Chris Taylor.

“Wargaming's growth in recent years has been tremendous, and we’re looking forward to joining one of the fastest growing gaming companies in the world,” Taylor said in a release from Wargaming.

It's a quick resolution to Gas Powered Games' woes; Taylor canceled the Wildman Kickstarter on Monday, saying fan interest gave the studio a second chance despite the failed campaign. The nearly 15-year-old studio will survive, albeit without its independence, which is more than anyone could say for sure just weeks ago.


  • SVC5 - February 14, 2013 2:23 p.m.

    Chris Taylor is easily my favorite person in the gaming industry. Hope wargaming is as big of a fan of massive scale RTS games as I am.
  • Letter11 - February 14, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    I'm glad they won't be closing their doors, but I wonder if we will ever see any non F2P titles from Gas Powered Games in the future. I don't know how well they sold, but I really enjoyed the Supreme Commander games.
  • FoxdenRacing - February 14, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    If they're moving into console developers, chances are they're looking to expand into more traditional models as well.
  • FoxdenRacing - February 14, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    I'm going to call it now: With THQ dead, EA hurting, Codemasters pinched, and the Acti side of Activision-Blizzard having all their eggs in one care package [unlocked after buying 10 DLC packs in a row], Wargaming sees a changing of the guard coming in Western publishing...and they want to be a member of the new guard.

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