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Take-Two gobbles Firaxis

Meier's boys bought out

Take-Two have arguably landed themselves one of the world's top strategy game developers this week, having announced a deal to acquire outright Sid Meier's Firaxis development studio. The publisher picked up the rights to the Civilization series from Infogrames last year, paying over 22 million USD. Civilization 4 has now just been published by the company's 2K Games label.

Take-Two are obviously pleased with Firaxis' efforts, and have now purchased the studio, which will become part of 2K Games' in-house development talent. "We're excited about all of the possibilities ahead of us as we work together to explore new ideas, new products and new consumer markets," said Meier, who's bank balance has presumably also swelled considerably as part of the deal.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Firaxis," added CEO Jeff Briggs. "2K Games is an energetic label that shares our goals and vision for making great games that stand the test of time."

This purchase will bolster Take-Two's PC development capabilities considerably, and presumably also guarantees continued support for the world-beating Civilization franchise. More as we get it.

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