The Makers of Fruit Ninja Sold Their Studio to Snapchat For £280,000

By Alex Walker on at

The previously unnamed studio working with Snapchat on their new gaming platform seems likely to be Australian, with Snapchat's parent company investing £280,000 to acquire ownership of the studio founded by the creators of Fruit Ninja.

A report from Jackson Ryan and Mark Serrels at CNET has revealed that Kathryn Carter, the general manager of Snapchat's Australian operations, has taken over as the director of Prettygreat's studios.

Documents lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) also reveal that founders Luke Muscat and Philip Larsen, who are credited with making Fruit Ninja, sold their shares in the company to Snap. The ASIC filing notes that Snap paid AU $500,000 (around £280,000) for two preference shares, and $6 (about £3.30) for the remaining ordinary shares.

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Another filing with the corporate regulator also shows that Muscat, Larsen and Hugh Walters have ceased to be officeholders of Prettygreat, which was founded a few years ago after the trio left Halfbrick studios. To date, Prettygreat has released a few mobile games including Slide the ShakesLand Sliders and Crash Club.

The change in company ownership was filed to ASIC in early January. Neither company has commented publicly on CNET's report, and Prettygreat did not reply to our queries at the time of writing. A representative for Snap Australia also declined to comment post-publication.