Social Sports App Developer Lionside Acquired by Ngmoco

NBA Legend developer Lionside may have been acquired recently, according to recent LinkedIn updates on several employee profiles.

Over the weekend, an ISG tipster pointed us toward profiles for Lionside VP of Business Operations Michael McBride and European Account Manager Kane Curran that both list the company as “acquired by ngmoco.” Company co-founder Brandon Barber’s Google+ profile now says “Lionside & ngmoco marketing and product guy.” Lionside’s website is currently down and its Twitter account hasn’t been touched in over a year. Its largest Facebook game, NBA Legend, has been in steady decline for the past three months according to our AppData traffic tracking service. As of press time, the game is apparently down while being “enhanced,” while Lionside’s soccer sim is completely unreachable.

[Update: Well-placed readers in the industry have also confirmed the acquisition.]

Lionside did not respond to request for comment as of press time. Its last big activity was a $1.6 million round of funding raised in November of last year to put toward developing sports games for Facebook.

Thanks Blair!

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5 Responses to “Social Sports App Developer Lionside Acquired by Ngmoco”

  1. NBA Legend creator Lionside bought out by Ngmoco [Rumor] - : says:

    [...] about it just yet, but signs are pointing toward a buyout in the works between ngmoco and Lionside. Inside Social Games reports that, according to numerous Lionside employee Linkedin pages, a shuttered website, an inactive [...]

  2. Ngmoco Confirms Lionside Acquisition says:

    [...] ngmoco spokesperson tells us today that Facebook sports game developer Lionside was indeed recently acquired by the mobile [...]

  3. Kristian says:

    Typo. Co-founder of Lionside Studios isn’t Brandon Boyer. It’s Brandon Barber.

  4. AJ Glasser says:

    Corrected. Cheers.

  5. This Week’s Headlines From Across Inside Network says:

    [...] Social Sports App Developer Lionside Acquired by Ngmoco [...]

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