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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.

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